The Roundup - Edition 62

The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 62, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

In a new study, compounds found in purple potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem cells. The compounds believed to be responsible for the slowed growth of the colon cancer was anthocyanins, chlorogenic acid, and resistant starch.

The bacterial conversion of resistant starch into short chain fatty acids is able to regulate immune function in the gut, suppress chronic inflammation, and may also help to cause cancer cells to self-destruct.

Dr. Amy Nett, a physician at the California Center for Functional Medicine, wrote a guest post on the benefits of resistant starch. Resistant starch selectively stimulates the good bacteria in our intestines, helping to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Consumption of resistant starch has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, support weight loss, and decrease inflammation in the gut.

The new study on purple potatoes simply adds to the evidence supporting the consumption of resistant starch-rich foods like green (unripe) bananas, plantains, properly prepared cooked and cooled parboiled rice or legumes, and cooked and cooled potatoes.

Research Report

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For the Foodies

  1. I was reading your site a few months ago and saw a recipe for green banana waffles or green plantain waffles but now I can’t find the recipe. Was it on your blog or did I read it somewhere else?