Pregnancy is a delicate time in which we should take care of our health and our diet more than ever, in order to guarantee the best conditions for the development of the baby and for our own well-being.
Therefore, it is a good time to adjust our diet to certain parameters that, although they are healthy throughout life, are especially recommended at this stage.
What is resistant starch? What properties does it have?
Starch is a complex carbohydrate that many vegetables use as an energy reserve. There are quite a few types, and most are digestible by humans: those that are not, are known as resistant starch .
Although it may seem counterintuitive, the fact that it is indigestible is not a negative in this case. On the contrary, it allows it to reach the intestines intact, where our microbiota ferments it, transforming it into short-chain fatty acids.
In this way, it works as a vegetable fiber, with beneficial prebiotic effects for intestinal transit and in controlling appetite without providing (resistant starch, food can have them from other components) calories to the body.
In the specific case of pregnant women, it helps prevent constipation and imbalances in the intestinal flora that are frequent during pregnancy.
There are many common sources of resistant starch that we can incorporate into our day to day (and in fact, it is likely that most people already consume some) such as banana (especially green), lentils, potatoes, oats, brown rice, yucca or sweet potato.