Strange Trick To Effortlessly Improve Cholesterol Levels
Heart disease is a big deal. It’s the leading killer among men. So of course you want to avoid it or reverse it. In this newsletter I frequently share with you tips that you won’t find elsewhere for how to safely and naturally improve your cardiovascular health. Today’s article is a real doozy because I’m going to tell you about one of the simplest ways you can improve your heart health.
Of course most of us have been told that having “high cholesterol” is bad for our hearts. But you probably remember from previous articles that cholesterol isn’t bad for your heart at all. In fact, cholesterol is an anti-oxidant. That means one of it’s functions is to repair oxidative damage.
So when someone has “high cholesterol”, it’s not the cholesterol that’s the problem. “High cholesterol” may just be an indicator of underlying damage. And that’s one of the reasons why statin drugs are dangerous. They may reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. But since cholesterol is there to help repair the problem, simply lowering cholesterol won’t fix anything. What’s needed is to fix the underlying damage. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Obviously, as we’ve seen in previous articles, there are many things you can do to help repair that damage. One really interesting way that we’re going to talk about today is to eat more carbohydrates! But not just any carbohydrates. There’s a specific type of carbohydrate that can work this magic. It’s called resistant starch. Today I’m going to fill you in on how to make use of this
Introducing Resistant Starch
Chances are, if you’re like most of us, you haven’t heard much about resistant starch. It’s a type of nutrient that has flown under the radar of most people. But it’s been an essential part of the human diet for as long as humans have been around. And it has long helped to keep humans healthy. In fact, some scientists think that the reduction in dietary resistant starch in most modern human diets could be one of the major reasons many modern humans get diseases like cardiovascular disease.
The average American man today eats a mere 2 grams of resistant starch per day. Compare that with healthy men in traditional cultures who sometimes eat as much as 50 grams of resistant starch per day. It’s pretty easy to see that American men don’t stack up favorably when it comes to resistant starch.
So what is resistant starch?
Resistant starch gets that funny name because it is resistant to digestion. So it’s a type of fiber. But unlike those irritating types of fiber like wheat bran, resistant starch turns into food for the so-called “beneficial bacteria” in your gut. When they don’t have food, they starve. So resistant starch keeps them healthy and beneficial. That’s why eating enough resistant starch is important. It feeds the beneficial bacteria. And, in turn, the beneficial bacteria produce important antioxidants that keep you healthy. As a result, your cardiovascular system becomes healthier and your cholesterol levels in your blood decrease since there’s no longer any damage.
How to Eat Resistant Starch
Next, of course, we need to know what foods contain resistant starch. Do you have to eat really exotic and unappetizing foods to increase your intake?
It turns out that resistant starch is found in a large number of raw or cooked and cooled foods. That includes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
So why is it that American men eat so little? That’s for two main reasons. First, American men are eating few of the foods that are highest in resistant starch. And secondly, American men aren’t eating the foods prepared in the right ways.
Cooking food breaks down resistant starch. So, for example, while a raw potato contains very large amounts of resistant starch, a baked potato contains almost none. But when a cooked potato is refrigerated and cooled, the resistant starch reforms. So traditional foods like chilled potato salad, for example, have plenty of resistant starch.
Lots of traditional cultures have enjoyed leftovers and plenty of cooked and cooled foods. That’s one of the ways they’ve gotten so much resistant starch in their diets. Whether it’s potatoes, rice, grits, tapioca, or pasta, when it’s been cooked and cooled, it’s a great source of resistant starch. But when it’s eaten freshly after being cooked, the resistant starch content is much lower.
As I mentioned, the other reason American men eat so little resistant starch is that they don’t eat many of the foods that are naturally high in resistant starch. High up on the list is beans. There are plenty of tasty ways to enjoy some beans and improve your health at the same time. Beans actually retain some resistant starch even when eaten freshly cooked. But when cooked and cooled they are a resistant starch powerhouse. So add some refried beans or a bean soup to your menu on a regular basis.
Another common source of resistant starch that you can find without too much difficulty is a green banana. Of course when they are too green they are unpalatable. But bananas that have ripened to the point of being edible yet remain partly green provide a few grams of resistant starch per banana.
Because resistant starch is fast becoming recognized for its health value, some chemical companies are now manufacturing resistant starch. You may soon find some resistant starch products on the market with names such as ActiStar, Hi-Maize, Hylon, and Crystalean. These products are a different type of resistant starch than the type healthy people in traditional cultures eat. While the manufactured products may be safe and healthy, they may not. My suggestion is that you stick with real foods in traditional forms. That includes cooked and cooled leftover rice, pasta, potatoes, oatmeal, and other starchy foods. And it also includes beans and bananas eaten with a bit of green to them.
Researchers have found that people who eat plenty of resistant starch have improved cardiovascular health. Eating more resistant starch from natural foods can repair oxidative damage and naturally lower cholesterol levels in the blood. To improve your heart health, eat more refrigerated leftover rice, potatoes, pasta, and other starchy foods. And include more beans in your diet.