What is Potato Starch?
Potato starch is the extracted starch from potatoes. It is a common ingredient in processed foods. To make potato starch, a person crushes raw potatoes, which separates the starch grains from the destroyed cells. The starch is then cleaned and left to dry. Once dry, the potato starch forms a white, powdery, flour-like consistency. Extraction of the starch is typically by a water process.
Resistant starch doesn’t break down to glucose. Instead, it passes through the upper intestine to become food for the gut microbiome in the colon, or lower intestine. The gut bacteria digest the resistant starch into short-chain fatty acids, which are absorbed by the body. Recent research shows it does not raise glucose levels and may even have beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin resistance. It is also not typically chemically extracted, so less processing than some other resistant fibers.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting?
May cause digestive issues.
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