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Resistant Starch Foods: Will They Make You Thin?

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/27/11 03:31 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Resistent Starch Foods

It's like the anti-Atkins diet.

Resistant starch foods will make you thin, says Health magazine. These foods help people "eat less, burn more calories, feel more energized and less stressed, and lower cholesterol," according to the International Business Times.

So what are resistant starch foods?

Bread, cereal, potatoes, bananas, black beans, oats, barley, bulgur, brown rice, corn flakes, and granola are just a few foods that are a part of what's become known as "The Skinny Carb Diet," according to the IB Times.

These foods, according to About.com, actually spur digestion as they provide fuel for bacteria in the colon that aid the process.

Resistant starch has come into the media lately as they have received praise from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO). The Health Magazine piece is based on research from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for Human Nutrition, according to the IB Times.

From the International Business Times:

The research claims that Resistant Starch foods also shrink fat cells, increase muscle mass, curb cravings, and keep people feeling full for longer.

The WHO also confirmed that they promote satiation and decreases subsequent hunger.

Furthermore, of the 4,451 subjects studied by the University of Colorado, the slimmest ones ate the most carbs (from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) and the heaviest ones ate the least carbs.

UPDATE: The book from the HEalth MAgazine editors is entitled The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim For Life. As separate publication, The Skinny Carbs Diet: Eat Pasta, Potatoes, and More! Use the power of resistant starch to make your favorite foods fight fat and beat cravings by David Feder, also addresses resistant starch foods.

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