A diet high in red meat has previously been associated with molecules which promote some types of colorectal cancers.
Now, a Flinders University team headed by Dr. Karen Humphreys have discovered that consumption of ‘resistant’ starch, such as that found in bananas, potatoes, whole grains and beans, can offset these cancer risks.
Resistant starch is starch that escapes normal digestion in the stomach and small intestine, and passes through the colon, Once there, it is fermented to produce beneficial molecules which produce opposite effects to those which cause cancer.
Given that red meat consumption has been increasing steadily since the 1960s, this finding highlights the importance of including more starch in your diet to avoid colorectal cancers.
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