We were siting that Sunday with my best friend Edgaras in the kitchen at the middle of the night, eating our traditional potatoes‘ pancakes with meat. It looked really sinful for us at that moment. But funny how the information comes to you just when it’s needed. On the other day I came up with astonishing news that potatoes’ starch can be good for you. Good? Really? Just a day before I’ve been saying to Edgaras that this diner is such a treat! I felt euphorically, when I met my new friend called resistant starch (later – RS).
I remember fried potatoes from childhood. My grandmother had been frying those with bacon, my mother – with garlic and caraway seeds. Both were perfect in their own way, because can potatoes dissapoint you? Even now I do admire hash browns or Lithuanian potatoes’ gratin more than any restaurant’s ceviche or tartare. But I do remember times when I said strong “no” to potatoes. Everyone around was saying that potatoes are bad for you: they disbalance your satiety hormons, make you fat. In other words, just even a glimpse at potatoes make you fat. But I do believe – the best super food is under your own roof, and it was proven once again. It turns out that potatoes, the white ones, can be healthy and even very beneficial for us. The most important part is how do we prepare those.
Our goal – to make RS while cooking potatoes. Is it difficult? No, but it needs time. RS in potatoes and in some other starch-containing products is created by cooking it and then cooling it (few or more hours in the fridge). More interesting: when we reheat the product and again cool it down, the amount of RS becomes even bigger (Dr. Mosley researches). It means, if we have a pot of rice in the fridge, every other time we reheat them and cooled it, we raise its beneficial side, who would have thought?
HOW RESISTANT STARCHES WORK?
I won’t tell you long and complicated stories about how RS travel through your gut, just shortly describe its benefits: resistant starch in your gut do similar things as fiber. RS are not complitely dissolved and that is why it can do amazing things, such as:
• Promotes intestinal activity;
• Improves the absorption of nutrients;
• Protects against absorption of carcinogens;
• Suppresses bad bacteria in the intestines.
WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS DO HAVE RESISTANT STARCHES?
- Beans and legumes;
- Pure potatoes starches;
- Green bananas;
- Many others starchy products, when cooled (pasta, grains, etc.).
I WANT FRIED POTATOES
How to make sure that fried potatoes have fever calories and more benefits?
If you want fried potatoes to be healthier, in fact you should cook them the day before. Cut them into slices, fry on the small amount of fats and put into fridge for a night. The other day, you just need to quickly fry them on the frying pan. The heat should be high, because the goal of this is just to make them crispy, not to make them very warm again. The potatoes were baked before, so you don’t have to eat raw potatoes.
So the RS is such an interesting phenomenal. There are people who drink just pure potatoes starches with water and claim that it helps for their gut health.
Though I think RS just explains a lot about traditional eating habits of our ancestors.They were fed mostly only by porridges and potatoes, but had a quite good health. Even though living mostly just on carbs. Probably they sometimes had to eat a cold meal, because there was no such thing as microwaves. But it’s a more complicated topic to discuss about. I’ve recently read very suprising things about bread, so this is not the end of fascinating facts. Will write soon about it! Because I believe that such a knowledge can deliberate you. Suddenly you feel that you can decide by yourself and not just claim that this is bad, and this is good for you.
See you soon!