Resistant Starch

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Resistant Starch
Fri, 11-08-2013 - 12:54pm

I have recently read about Resistant Starch, a substance that can help with weight loss and lower blood sugar. Since I am diabetic, I read alot about it online.  It is found in beans, mainly lentils, and is also derived from potatoes in the form of Potato Starch.  You can mix it in water and drink it, or you can add it to foods as a thickener, or simply sprinkle it on your food.  That made me think of Sensa, which is a white powder you sprinkle on your food.  I just looked up the ingredients in Sensa and the first one mentioned is maltrodextrin, a starch powder.  I'm wondering if the Potato Starch is basically the same thing and would work the same way.  Has anyone here tried Sensa?  If so, what is your opinion of it.   It doesn't sound like something that could be harmful.  I know the thing with the lentils is that beans are digested much lower in the intestinal tract so not as much is absorbed, plus the fiber does not get digested, but eliminated.  I think this potato starch is supposed to act in a similar manner. 

I am not one to use supplements.  I believe in using portion control and exercise to lose weight.  But this is a natural substance, coming from potatoes, which are actually food, and if it's going to help me eat less or absorb fewer calories from my food, I'm all for trying it. 

Has anyone heard anything bad about this?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Fri, 11-08-2013 - 4:12pm

Hi Carol, 

I actually tried Sensa a few months back and it was a huge bust. Did nothing for me. I didn't have any side effects or anything of that nature, I just didn't find it worked well at curbing appetite/weight loss. I did it for about 3 weeks and had 0 results. 

I am interested in what you've found though as my mom was recently told she's diabetic, but was given 3 months to lower her sugar on her own before being medicated. She also battles weight, as I do, so I think it would do us both good to find a way to lower both sugar and weight. Thanks for sharing that!

How are you doing? I've been really horrible with my weight. I actually just made an appointment with a new primary doctor next week to discuss things because I just can't win. And on top of it, I'm getting depressed over it, which isn't helping at all.

It's getting super chilly here! Hope you're staying warm too! 

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sat, 11-09-2013 - 8:55am

Erin, the best thing your Mom can do for diabetes is walk.  Exercise is the best thing for lowering BS.  I don't follow my own advice as much as I should, but I know that when I'm exercising regularly my readings are much better.  And watch starchy carbs, closely.  Increase veggies and decrease bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugar.  For one thing, if they do start her on meds they will probably start with Metformin, which helps with weight loss, but she's really a lot better off if she can do it with diet and exercise and avoid the meds altogether. 

Besides the potato starch, another thing that is supposed to help with blood sugar is Metamucil, but I tried it and it caused constipation, so I quit.  Maybe I should have eased into it.  A nurse told me that that can happen with some people with Metamucil.  If she decides to try that, make sure she gets the sugar-free.  Good luck to her.

I bought some potato starch and tried drinking it.  It has no taste, but it make me very burpy.  I might try adding it to foods such as soup or yogurt and see if that works better.  I am more concerned with lowering my glucose than I am weight loss. 

I have not done well with my weight either.  Going up and down the same 10 lbs, more up than down.  I got away from exercising after my surgery, but that was over a year ago and now I'm just making excuses.  I know it is good for me, but I'm always going to start tomorrow.  I did my best when we had a nice little group here posting regularly.  It's a shame that so many people left.  It gave me incentive to see how well I could do.  Maybe things will start up again with the ones who are here now. 

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Mon, 11-11-2013 - 8:02pm
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