Something I’ve recently been looking into is ‘resistant carbs’. Now as I’ve said many times before, Prime Mover is NOT about zero, or even low carbs. It’s about ‘required’ carbs (the fact that the Western world has a completely skewed view of what ‘required’ carbs are, means we may look like we’re advocating low carb).
What Are They?
The idea behind resistant carbs is that carbohydrates that have a more dense structure, and therefore break down more slowly, will actually pass through the small intestine intact and will enter the large intestine. Normally carbs have been completely broken down by the time they get to the large intestine, which means there will be an unavoidable blood sugar spike, a subsequent insulin surge and fat storage triggered.
When we consume resistant carbs we get intact food molecules entering the colon. They deliver essential nutrients which has a positive impact on our gut flora. This is great for our immune system, our mental well-being, and for populating the colon with more friendly bacteria. The more friendly bacteria we have, the less room there is for anything ‘unfriendly’.
There are a few ways to take in resistant carbs, but as I’m not about to start advocating the consumption of grain-based carbs any time soon, here’s my favourite way – green bananas.
Green bananas are nowhere near ripe. You’re looking for bananas with deep green skins. DO NOT substitute for yellow bananas! If you do you’re just cooking up a dessert to accompany your chicken or fish!
To make them edible we need to cook them, and you can do this by boiling them up for about 25 minutes.
Once they’re boiled you can skin them, mash them, and serve them as a side dish. They’re surprisingly savoury, and you can accentuate this by adding herbs, spices and some butter to the mash.
Check out this video where I prepare some ‘Green Banana Mash’.
Green Banana Mash will have a lower impact on blood sugar than Sweet Potato, so you can switch them round a couple of times during the week with no concern of it effecting your fat loss goals.
So there you have it. By adding some resistant carbs to your diet a couple of times a week you can improve your gut health, keep losing body fat, and have a little more variety in your nutrition plan.