The Roundup - Edition 59

The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 59, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

A new study showed that lean or obese, participants maintained overall lower insulin and increased insulin sensitivity with a new source of resistant starch: green bananas. And participants who were obese even saw improvements in their body weight after four weeks of supplementation with green banana starch.

These improvements in metabolic health from resistant starch are a big reason why replacing refined carbohydrates with natural plant-based carbohydrates can help those with type 2 diabetes and obesity improve their blood sugar control and potentially lose weight, without having to completely eliminate all carbohydrates from their diets.

If you’re interested in learning more about resistant starch and the health benefits that come from eating foods that are high in various types of fiber and indigestible starches, I recommend reading an article all about resistant starch written by my staff clinician Dr. Amy Nett, and listening to my podcast with Jeff Leach from the American Gut Project.

Research Report

  • Research finds diversifying your diet may make your gut healthier.
  • Women who endured chronic stress during their childhood have significantly more risk of a preterm birth, according to a new study.
  • Being fit doesn’t just boost kids’ physical health, it keeps their brains sharp too, says the latest research.
  • While menopause can bring on symptoms of depression, SSRI’s may not be the right solution – especially for your bone health. 
  • What could prayer and meditation do for your IBS and IBD?

Worth a Look

  • Have you heard my big news: I’m opening the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine in January. Pre-enrollment starts in August!
  • Is kale bad for you? Learn why you might want to switch up your veggie intake.
  • Read these super simple tips anyone can follow for a quick meditation session anywhere, anytime from our friends at Thrive Market.
  • Alison Golden, from PaleoNonPaleo, shares some simple and effective tips to help prioritize sleep and get to sleep faster.
  • Are your kids addicted to their screen time? According to Catherine Steiner-Adair, a Harvard-affiliated psychologist, “There’s nothing about this that can’t be fixed.”
  • I recently recorded a presentation for the Mental Wellness Summit where I discuss this “gut-brain axis” as well as new research about the microbiome’s affect on mental health. Sign up now to get free access to my presentation, and many others, during the week of Aug 10-17th.
  • Did you miss the UN’s International Day of Happiness? Don’t worry, be happy – like these 6 Nepalis.
  • A middle school teacher near Bozeman, MT, has started using pedal desks in her social studies class to increase students’ physical activity during school.
  • Mindfulness meditation may not be a cure all, but when it comes to the treatment of depression, anxiety, and pain, the practice may be just as effective as medication. 
  • I’m a little tired of the whole Bacon-Paleo meme. But, if you are eating pork, you still need to really consider the source.

For the Foodies

  1. Hi Chris,

    I’m new to your website and I enjoy how you are able to take topics and relay the information in literature articles in a way that lay men can understand (I’m a biology grad student and I find one of the most difficult aspects is scientific communication to people that may not be scientifically literate). Anyway, my question for you does not deal with this article (there’s probably a higher probability of a response from a newer post than posting into an older post). I’m a part of a group on Facebook that preaches healthy and alternative lifestyles, and one of the things that they talk about are these new “rope worms” that people have found in their stools after doing many cleanses and enemas. I don’t think that they are anything other than a combination of mucus, undefeated food, gut microbiota and in digested fiber (since a lot of them are on high fiber diets). Have you heard about these and if so, what are your thoughts on them?

  2. Hi,
    you don’t seem to have ever mentioned tiger nuts, they are a great source of resistant starch and also are believed to be one the original foods consumed by our ancient ancestors – what are your thoughts ? Would you say tiger nuts are suitable for AIP ?

    Thanks

  3. I’ve been getting my resistant starch from cooked/refridgerated rice made into a rice pudding. Tastes great cold and you don’t lose any of the benefits of the resistant starch as you would from eating it warmed up.

  4. The most interesting part about the banana starch study is that it may be possible to add banana starch to other products that contain starch such as pasta.

    I will have to read your staff’s articles on resistant starches. The biggest complaint I get is that people have to cut down on pasta. If we could make better at least there would be an alternative.