The Starch That Heals : Rice Probiotic

Posted on 23-Sep-2019 by Kripa Jalan

With the health sphere being dominated with superfoods like chia seeds, quinoa, and kale - it’s easy to believe that healthy eating is expensive. But truth be told the lesser the distance between the field and your plate; the closer you are to your wellbeing. What I really mean is food doesn’t have to be flown halfway across the world to be considered a nutritional powerhouse - there’s plenty of wisdom in your local roots!

In a society plagued with diet culture, there’s a new diet, a new article, a new podcast every other minute and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I get you. With the rising popularity of the ketogenic diet, the word starch is most likely to send a shiver down your spine. 

But what if I told you that there’s a kind of starch that can actually work miracles for you.

That it’s almost a super fertilizer for your gut bacteria, which in turn has a profound effect on practically every other part of your body. That it can help you achieve a balanced weight, lower your risk of heart and autoimmune disease, lower your insulin sensitivity and better your mood?

You’d probably laugh it off as just another gimmick.

Enter Resistant Starch:

That’s the kind of starch that is not digested in the small intestine, but actually by your gut bacteria. In the process, they end up creating beneficial molecules that balance blood sugar and nourish your gut flora. The good bacteria begin to thrive and produce what we call short-chain fatty acids, which provide your colon cells with fuel.

So as opposed to traditional kinds of starch, when you consume resistant starch, neither your blood sugar nor insulin go on a rollercoaster ride.

Interestingly, resistant starch is essentially a prebiotic - it feeds the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. It’s made my cooking and cooling starchy foods like potatoes and white rice (not reheating them). Essentially by consuming some resistant starch and empowering your gut, you equip the good bacteria to out crowd the bad bacteria which cause inflammation and consequently a host of diseases!

Here’s a super easy probiotic - 

All you need to do it store the cooked white rice with a little bit of water. Cover it and let it stay overnight. All you need to do the next day is consume 1-2 tablespoons of rice, preferably in the morning!

However, please note that this isn’t a short cut to a shredded or disease-free body. You still need to focus on the quality of foods you’re eating, how you’re managing your stress, movement, sleep, and lifestyle!

Do you suffer from any gas, acidity, bloating, headaches or irregular bowel movements? What do you do to nourish your gut? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Instagram at @kripajalan or #BurgersToBeasts.


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