Why Resistance Starch and Butyrate are important to staying healthy

Resistance starch has had lots of attention of late and rightly so. Resistance starch is starch from food that does not get digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract (small intestine) it skips digestion and makes its way to the large intestine where it is broken down by resistant bacteria and then fermented providing good bacteria for the gut micro biome.  A good micro biome boosts our immune system and prevents us from catching diseases including cancer and also protects us from getting type 2 diabetes.
On average it is recommended by the Australian National Reference Values that we eat 15 to 20 grams of resistance starch a day.  Legumes and whole grains, nuts and seeds contain resistance starch, as do potatoes, corn and green bananas. When foods are cooked the resistance starch is depleted, however recent research is showing that when food high in resistance starch is cooked then cooled down the resistance starch forms again. So foods like cold pasta salad or potato salad or salads with legumes all provide resistance starch.  
Rather than calculating everything you eat to see if you are getting that 15 to 20 grams of resistance starch daily you can be assured if you are eating a plant based diet that includes whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds on a daily basis you will be consuming enough resistance starch.
And the new buzz word on the block is butyrate. People have been sharing with me lately that they have to eat butter or ghee as that is the only way they can get butyrate. This is not at all true. Butyrate is definitely needed to keep those nasty diseases away like cancer, diabetes type 2 and to keep your immune system tip top. Butyrate is produced in the intestinal and colonic lumen. Dietary fibre is fermented by the bacteria producing butyrate which keeps inflammation away. 
By adding whole grains, fruit and vegetables as well as prebiotic foods like onions, garlic, leeks, artichokes, green bananas, oats, dandelion and chicory root to your diet and sticking to a plant based diet you are sure to be making butyrate.
The recipe this week is full of good prebiotic food and resistant starch. Next week I will be back on Tuesday with lots of Christmas ideas just in time for you to get your shopping list ready for the festivities.


Spaghetti Salad with Artichokes and Green Veg

Left over cooked pasta of any type
½ bunch asparagus steamed 
½ bunch broccoli steamed 
1 jar marinated artichokes
2 cloves garlic minced
1 leek sliced thinly 
2 tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes cut into bite size pieces
3 big handfuls of spinach 
Splash olive oil 
Pepita and Cashew Sprinkle
½ cup toasted pepitas
½ cup cashews
¼ cup nutritional yeast 
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt 
Sriracha Dressing 
1 tbsp green or red Sriracha sauce (email me if you want a recipe for this)
2 tbsp olive oil 
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1 tsp maple syrup 
Salt and pepper


  1. For the Dressing add all ingredients to a jar. Screw on lid and shake.
  2. For Sprinkle, add ingredients to a food processor and process until fine.
  3. Place a splash of olive oil in a frying pan and sautée the leeks and garlic until tender then add the spinach.
  4. Mix the cold pasta, steamed veg and cooked leeks etc., chopped artichokes and tomatoes in a bowl and then serve with dressing and sprinkle.
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