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The Skinny On: Resistant Starches

"Feel full foods", developed by companies like Slim-Fast and Kraft, are scientifically proven to make you feel like you've eaten a large meal when you have, in fact, only eaten a 200 calorie snack.

How do they do that? They manipulate the fat molecules to stay intact until they reach the lower part of the small intestine. At that point, the manipulated molecules spark a whole bunch of hormones to send an "I'm full" message to the brain. These "resistant starches" act like fiber, but have the taste and texture of starch. They slow down digestion, so you feel full longer. Eating these kinds of food could decrease fat accumulation in the long-term. Wow.

Resistant starches can also be used to boost a product’s fiber level “label value” so the product can claim to be a “good” or "excellent” source of fiber, when it doesn't actually contain "natural" fiber, so be on the look out.

Eating good old fashioned real foods that actually contain fiber naturally are your best bet. Foods like beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will make you feel full naturally without the scientifically modified flare.

Fit's Tip: Eat fruit at every meal. Apples, bananas, oranges, pears and berries are good sources of fiber. Why not slice some into your dinner salad?

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RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
ROFLMAO Yayita that is hysterical!
yayita yayita 9 years
where do i get these full feeling foods? my ass is fattter than a mo fo
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
I feel the same way when I eat just a salad I'm starving again shortly after! I think your body just processes it faster than the artificial stuff.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
Okay, I must be the ONLY person in the world who does NOT feel full after I've eaten vegetables and fruits. If anything, I feel hungry again much sooner than I do if I've eaten "bad" food. What's the deal with that? I want to eat the right kinds of foods, but it really is so much more difficult than it seems!
Vsugar Vsugar 9 years
I had a friend once who ate an apple before every meal for 6 months - that's ALL she did differently, and she lost 20 pounds!!! I mean, OBVIOUSLY, that's not ALL she did differently, because ultimately eating the apple made her eat less during the meal, but she didn't deny herself anything, she didn't consciously restrict her portion size, she didn't count calories... Hmmmm. I wonder why I haven't tried this yet???
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I agree. All these chemically changed ingredients don't sit well with me. Nothing wrong with a good ole apple, right ladies? I'm steering clear of anything I can't pronounce.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
Haha, cute image, Fit. I think I'd rather stick to naturally occurring fiber though. I rely on apples and whole grains to boost my intake.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
That's kinda weird, not sure if I like eating something that "manipulates fat molecules". I think I'll stick with fruits and veggies for my fiber!!
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