Resistant Starch: A Dietary Fiber for Gut Health, Weight Loss, and Inflammation

A growing body of scientific research indicates that imbalances in the gut microbiota are associated with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and irritable bowel syndrome. To treat these health conditions, imbalances in the gut microbiota must be corrected. One way to accomplish this is by selectively feeding beneficial gut bacteria with prebiotics. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that are indigestible to humans and reach the colon intact, where they serve as fuel for gut bacteria. Read on to learn about resistant starch, one special type of prebiotic fiber that has demonstrated great potential in the treatment of metabolic, digestive, and immune system disorders.

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Are Gut Bacteria to Blame for Food Cravings?

The struggle to resist cravings for unhealthy foods is a part of daily life for countless people. Many people have been led to believe that if they just wrangle a little more self-control, they can overcome their food cravings. However, contrary to popular belief, food cravings may not be a primarily brain-based phenomenon that can be overcome by willpower and motivation; in fact, food cravings may originate in an entirely different place – your gut! Read on to learn about how gut bacteria influence eating behavior and food cravings, and why improving your gut health may be the key to kicking your unhealthy cravings to the curb!

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