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Are Beans A Starch?

Beans are rich in resistant starch that escape digestion in the small intestine of healthy people. Non-digestible starch, or fiber, in which beans are rich, stabilizes blood sugar. Beans contain components such as amylase inhibitors which block the action of the enzyme amylase needed to digest starches. Most beans contain starch but they also have a good amount of protein and fiber. Other than resistant starch, beans owe some of their weight-control, anti-diabetes benefits to factors such as fiber, starch blockers and anti-oxidant pigments.

by Susan White on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 01:11

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