And so is cold potato starch. Both contain a food ingredient known as a prebiotic. As a cousin to the well-hyped probiotic, prebiotics also promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut. Prebiotics differ from probiotics in that they are carbohydrates (fiber) that cannot be digested by the body and probiotics are “friendly” bacteria found in digestible foods.
This prebiotic fiber helps the bacteria in your intestines produce nutrients to feed the colon cells and included in these nutrients are short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed into the bloodstream promoting overall good metabolic health. Together probiotics and prebiotics work in concert to lower inflammation and the accompanying diseases.
Foods that are prebiotic rich include:
- chicory root- use it as a caffeine-free substitute for coffee
- dandelion greens- from your farmer’s market- fiber rich and can be added to salads
- Jerusalem artichokes- I like to saute them in garlic and butter
- garlic- so tasty and is also anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and protects against cancer
- onions- boost your immune system
- leeks- similar to onions and garlic
- asparagus, bananas and apples- all rich in fiber
- cocoa- dark chocolate!
- flax seeds- sprinkle these on your salad
So what’s the deal with rice and potato starch? They are forms of resistant starch- resistant to digestion which has shown to aid in improved insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar levels, reduced appetite and digestion benefits. So cook, cool, and make some potato salad or rice pudding.