There is a lot of debate starting to develop around resistant starch. What is this? Can it be consumed on the LCHF diet? In what is a four part answer to Sharon’s question about resistant starch and leaky gut; Dr Gary Fettke gives you a wealth of knowledge in a short space of time, on this episode of the LCHF Podcast.

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Welcome onto this edition of the Low Carb Healthy Fat podcast, my name is Brad Brown, we’ve got a question that was submitted from Sharon today and we’ve got Dr Gary Fettke all the way in Tasmania in Australia joining us. Doc, interesting question from Sharon. I don’t know too much about it, so I’m going to bounce this one off you and I’m hoping you can help.

Sharon says she’s done a bit of research and she seems to fit all the symptoms of having a leaky gut. She says she might not have her terminology correct, but she’s read that resistant starch can help with this condition, ie, if certain foods are cooked and then cooled and then eaten when cooled it will help restore her gut back to the good gut bacteria.

Like having potato salad or rolled oats as well as green bananas, but she’s concerned about how much she should be eating and for how long. She’s very concerned that this will halt her weight loss. She’s obviously following the diet, one of the big benefits she wants to get is losing weight, so what can you suggest?

Leaky gut = a longstanding inflamed bowel

Gary Fettke: You’ve got a few questions there from Sharon. Leaky gut is, in my interpretation of that, is really where a person has a longstanding inflamed bowel and in that situation it may mean that there’s certainly a lot more inflammation in the gut. It may mean that inflammation is breaking down barriers and normal antigens or what we call immunogenic material is crossing from the bowel into the blood stream and that creates an immune response in the blood stream and can give a whole lot of autoimmune diseases. It’s a complex picture this whole leaky gut inflammatory bowel disease.

So, I think there’s certainly, if you’ve got leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome, then you need to be looking very carefully at your nutrition. Irritable bowel syndrome, there’s a lot of work being done on that and particularly the role of fructose in that.

About half the patients who have IBS are actually, have a fructose intolerance and partly that is related, the inflammation generated partly related to the amount of fructose and really fermentable sugars that are then reaching the gut flora and then fermenting them in that gut and creating more troubles.

So, IBS and if people think that they’ve got leaky gut, then getting some good nutrition in and particularly reducing the sugars and the carbohydrate is the reasonable thing to do and a lot of people get an improvement in their bowel symptoms within weeks. The role of resistant starch is a different one again.

What role, if any does resistant starch play in the LCHF Diet?

It’s thought that by this double cooking or this cooking and then reheating of pastas and potatoes that it changes the structure and therefore decreases the bio absorbability of the starch. Starch is just glucose, so if you’ve got something which is a high glyceamic index starch of which the potatoes, the breads, the pastas are like that in its raw form, even rice, that will push your blood glucose up fairly quickly after you absorb it.

However, when a resistant starch is created, that absorption is slowed up, so you don’t get the high GI affect of the carbohydrate that you ingest, it becomes a lower GI, meaning it becomes absorbed over a longer period of time.

In essence, however, Sharon is still getting the same amount of carbohydrate, whether or not it’s as a normal starch or as a resistant starch. My understanding of that is that she’s still going to be taking that carbohydrate load, that’s still going to be converted into fat, so if she’s really desperately trying to lose the weight, the resistant starch is probably not going to give her great benefit.

They may help from a blood glucose raising effect and probably have a slightly lower insulin effect, but she’s still taking that glucose load in over a period of time. A bit of a four part answer, but that was really the whole question and I hope that helps you.

BB: Brilliant stuff. Sharon, I hope that does, Doc, thank you for your time, much appreciated today. We’re back again in just a couple of days with the next edition of the podcast. Get those questions in, the website to get to lchfpodcast.com.

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Welcome onto this edition of the Low Carb Healthy Fat podcast, my name is Brad Brown, we’ve got a question that was submitted from Sharon today and we’ve got Dr Gary Fettke all the way in Tasmania in Australia joining us. Doc, interesting question from Sharon. I don’t know too much about it, so I’m going to bounce this one off you and I’m hoping you can help.

Sharon says she’s done a bit of research and she seems to fit all the symptoms of having a leaky gut. She says she might not have her terminology correct, but she’s read that resistant starch can help with this condition, ie, if certain foods are cooked and then cooled and then eaten when cooled it will help restore her gut back to the good gut bacteria.

Like having potato salad or rolled oats as well as green bananas, but she’s concerned about how much she should be eating and for how long. She’s very concerned that this will halt her weight loss. She’s obviously following the diet, one of the big benefits she wants to get is losing weight, so what can you suggest?

Leaky gut = a longstanding inflamed bowel

Gary Fettke: You’ve got a few questions there from Sharon. Leaky gut is, in my interpretation of that, is really where a person has a longstanding inflamed bowel and in that situation it may mean that there’s certainly a lot more inflammation in the gut. It may mean that inflammation is breaking down barriers and normal antigens or what we call immunogenic material is crossing from the bowel into the blood stream and that creates an immune response in the blood stream and can give a whole lot of autoimmune diseases. It’s a complex picture this whole leaky gut inflammatory bowel disease.

So, I think there’s certainly, if you’ve got leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome, then you need to be looking very carefully at your nutrition. Irritable bowel syndrome, there’s a lot of work being done on that and particularly the role of fructose in that.

About half the patients who have IBS are actually, have a fructose intolerance and partly that is related, the inflammation generated partly related to the amount of fructose and really fermentable sugars that are then reaching the gut flora and then fermenting them in that gut and creating more troubles.

So, IBS and if people think that they’ve got leaky gut, then getting some good nutrition in and particularly reducing the sugars and the carbohydrate is the reasonable thing to do and a lot of people get an improvement in their bowel symptoms within weeks. The role of resistant starch is a different one again.

What role, if any does resistant starch play in the LCHF Diet?

It’s thought that by this double cooking or this cooking and then reheating of pastas and potatoes that it changes the structure and therefore decreases the bio absorbability of the starch. Starch is just glucose, so if you’ve got something which is a high glyceamic index starch of which the potatoes, the breads, the pastas are like that in its raw form, even rice, that will push your blood glucose up fairly quickly after you absorb it.

However, when a resistant starch is created, that absorption is slowed up, so you don’t get the high GI affect of the carbohydrate that you ingest, it becomes a lower GI, meaning it becomes absorbed over a longer period of time.

In essence, however, Sharon is still getting the same amount of carbohydrate, whether or not it’s as a normal starch or as a resistant starch. My understanding of that is that she’s still going to be taking that carbohydrate load, that’s still going to be converted into fat, so if she’s really desperately trying to lose the weight, the resistant starch is probably not going to give her great benefit.

They may help from a blood glucose raising effect and probably have a slightly lower insulin effect, but she’s still taking that glucose load in over a period of time. A bit of a four part answer, but that was really the whole question and I hope that helps you.

BB: Brilliant stuff. Sharon, I hope that does, Doc, thank you for your time, much appreciated today. We’re back again in just a couple of days with the next edition of the podcast. Get those questions in, the website to get to lchfpodcast.com.
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