Insights on resistant starch

Insights on resistant starch
Carbohydrates are the source of energy to our system. They are classified into further subtypes based on the carbon units and specific bonds. One of the important compounds under the carbohydrates is starch; it mainly consists of glucose moiety that has numerous roles towards health benefits. Mostly, resistant starch does not get degraded in a similar way to usual starch by our digestive system; the undigested starch gets accumulated in the gut. The fate of such starch is that, it does not get degraded completely rather gets absorbed in the small intestine and passed into the large intestine where it is fermented by our good bacteria persistently known as probiotic organisms; it gets fermented to an extent to release short chain fatty acids.

These short chain fatty acids help to stimulate the blood flow to the colon, increase nutrient circulation, inhibit growth of pathogenic bacteria, absorb minerals and prevent us from absorbing toxic compounds. The resistant starch also acts as a food for probiotic bacteria, which are naturally found in our digestive tract to help sweep away the bad bacteria. Besides, it is found to maintain lower blood pressure, better satiety, maintain insulin level, improve better digestion and immunity, and prevent diarrhoea and other chronic diseases.


How to cite this article:
Reshma Muralidharan. Insights on resistant starch. BioLim O-Media. 02 May, 2015. 3(4).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0078.