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Can someone please explain "resistant starches" to me?

Answered on September 14, 2013
Created September 14, 2013 at 5:52 AM

They are supposed to help with insulin sensitivity and other things. But they are carbs, aren't they? I am a type II diabetic.

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Resistent starch is fiber, probiotic fiber. Undigested by the gut until it gets to your gut microbes. They metabolize it into SCFAs.

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If you understand the concept of physiological insulin resistance, you'll understand resistant starches. They actually reduce the insulin resistance caused by sparse carb consumption. So if you're a T2 diabetic with fairy good functioning beta cells, there shouldn't be much difference in A1c whether you're VLCing or eating 80-150 grams of carbs, depending on your glucose tolerance. In fact, you can improve your insulin sensitivity with regular (though strictly portion-controlled) carb consumption by limiting carbs to safe starches like yams, sweet potatoes, even white rice.

Your FBG goes down, you have somewhat higher peaks compared to when you're VLCing. But your intermeal FBG is also lower. The net effect is a wash. But it could be a net gain since you trade ketosis for the normalcy of sugar-burning. I know many people who've lowered their A1cs this way and even increased their fasting C-Peptide somewhat. Now I want to know why diabetics have to be on a ketogenic diet.

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