The Thyrolife Protein Boost Diet contains no bad starches, but draws generously from foods high in beneficial resistant starches, such as beans. Dr. Arem’s meal plans include generous amounts of resistant starches to help you with weight loss and keep your blood sugar levels constant. Foods rich in resistant starch include lentils, adzuki beans, black beans, black eyed peas, chickpeas, kidney beans, pinto beans, soy beans, quinoa, long-grain brown rice, whole oats, whole-grain wheat, and yams.
Are you a good starch or a bad starch?
Starches are the sugar reserves of plants and grain carbohydrates, and they have vastly different properties. Starches are made up of amylopectin and amylose – both complex carbohydrates – but amylopectin rich foods are bad starches that are quickly digested and raise your blood sugar dramatically. Foods rich in amylopectin broadly parallel the high-G.I. list: tortillas, white rice, white and wheat bread, potato chips, potatoes, corn meal, pretzels, sweet corn, crackers, French fries, and all processed wheat products. On the other hand, amylose does not easily get digested and broken down in the G.I. tract. Because of this, foods containing amylose don’t spike your blood sugar. It’s a good starch whose effects on your system are a little like fiber’s.
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