Resistant Starch : How Reheating Starch Makes It Harder To Digest


The process of cooking, cooling and reheating a starchy carb source such as a baked potato, a pre- cooked pizza base or cooked and cooled legumes such as beans or pulses is common place in many restaurants. However this process can change the properties of the foods meaning they become harder for the body to digest. This may or may not be a problem for you, peoples response to this is entirely subjective. Interestingly though, resistant starch aka stubborn starch has actually been dubbed the third type of dietary fibre due to it being similar in nature to soluble and insoluble fibre...somewhat of a middle ground between the two. If you find your stomach aches after reheated or cooled carbs then it's possible you are sensitive to resistant starch, this will be a trial and error process for you.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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