Sweet potato, raw, unprepared (Includes foods for USDA's Food Distribution Program)

Is called the healthy carb. The main benefit of sweet potato is that contains resistant starch, a kind of carbohydrate that can not be absorbed in the gut and feeds gut bacteria in the large intestine. To thrive, your large intestine and the bacteria within it must have proper fuel. Short-chain fatty acids—especially one called butyrate —are the preferred fuel for your internal system. To make butyrate, the large intestine needs starch. But most starch is broken down in the small intestine. So resistant starch—starch which moves past the small intestine and into the large intestine—is vital for overall colon health because it’s one of the sources for the eventual creation of butyrate. The Discovery of Resistant Starch: Interest into the benefits of starch and resistant starches began several decades ago. Researchers were first studying cancers of the intestines and saw that tribes and populations in East Africa had oddly low rates of bowel cancers. This was remarkable because the diet of these populations wasn’t high in fiber, which at the time was thought to be the key to warding off bowel cancers. Instead, the East African diet was composed of very starchy foods like yams, sweet potatoes, corn and bananas. These are all foods that are relatively low in fiber and very high in the carbohydrates that most people now have an urge to stay away from. It wasn’t just protection against bowel cancer; these East African groups also had good cardiovascular health and low rates of diabetes too! Promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, including certain Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species.

Is called the healthy carb. The main benefit of sweet potato is that contains resistant starch, a kind of carbohydrate that can not be absorbed in the gut and feeds gut bacteria in the large intestine. To thrive, your large intestine and the bacteria within it must have proper fuel. Short-chain fatty acids—especially one called butyrate —are the preferred fuel for your internal system. To make butyrate, the large intestine needs starch. But most starch is broken down in the small intestine. So resistant starch—starch which moves past the small intestine and into the large intestine—is vital for overall colon health because it’s one of the sources for the eventual creation of butyrate. The Discovery of Resistant Starch: Interest into the benefits of starch and resistant starches began several decades ago. Researchers were first studying cancers of the intestines and saw that tribes and populations in East Africa had oddly low rates of bowel cancers. This was remarkable because the diet of these populations wasn’t high in fiber, which at the time was thought to be the key to warding off bowel cancers. Instead, the East African diet was composed of very starchy foods like yams, sweet potatoes, corn and bananas. These are all foods that are relatively low in fiber and very high in the carbohydrates that most people now have an urge to stay away from. It wasn’t just protection against bowel cancer; these East African groups also had good cardiovascular health and low rates of diabetes too! Promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, including certain Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species.