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Resistant Starch – 14 April 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

What a surprise to actually see an article (“Easy to Eat Well”) in a local supermarket’s (Slater’s Great American store) weekly promotion that not only doesn’t feature animal products but actually encourages the eating of foods such as beans, bananas, potatoes, yams, barley, brown rice, and corn.

This article goes on to say this about resistant starch:

“This new find is a type of fiber found in carbohydrate-rich foods like potatoes, rice and corn, which, instead of melting into your bloodstream, as was previously thought, actually flushes through your body, undigested.”

“Resistant starch is bulky, so it fills you up. It also never enters your bloodstream, leaving no impact on your blood sugar. Additionally, new studies show that this little gem actually shuts down a body’s ability to burn carbohydrates, which in turn, forces the body to burn fat. In fact, one such study found that replacing 5.4% of total carb intake with resistant starch increased the fat burning process by 20-30%.”

“One last, but critically important characteristic…is the fact that resistant starch has the ability to trigger a hormonal reaction, which reduces hunger. And it does so in a manner more productive than basic fiber.”

Reading this, I thought about how my husband and I – by simply eating unprocessed vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts (going vegan) and avoiding all animal-derived products, for reasons of compassion – have enjoyed all the benefits that apparently are just beginning to be acknowledged by the mainstream.

I also thought of the propaganda promoting products of animal cruelty that keeps popping up, even though it takes such a toll in human cancers, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, et cetera.

Of course the very powerful flesh and dairy industries and the pharmaceutical industry, which through their lobbying, all exert a huge influence on our government, continue to keep the public in the dark about the truth.

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