Washington: Foods high in resistant starch, like peas, beans and other legumes, can protect against colorectal cancer, say researchers.Resistant starch cannot be digested so it ends up in the bowel in pretty much the same form it entered your mouth. Once in the bowel this resistant starch does some important things, including decreasing bowel pH and transit time, and increasing the production of short-chain fatty acids. These effects promote the growth of good bugs while keeping bad bugs at bay.Now, a University of Colorado Cancer Center review has shown that resistant starch also helps the body resist colorectal cancer through mechanisms including killing pre-cancerous cells and reducing inflammation that can otherwise promote cancer."Resistant starch is found in peas, beans and other legumes, green bananas, and also in cooked and cooled starchy products like sushi rice and pasta salad," said Janine Higgins, PhD, CU Cancer Center investigator and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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