As published on NutritionInsight.com.
An ingredient as simple as resistant starch could hold the answer to reducing malnutrition among infants in low-middle income countries, according to a study led by researchers at Flinders University in South Australia. Resistant starch occurs naturally in foods such as oats, maize and green bananas but can also easily be added to food products. The addition of this prebiotic is thought to aid gastrointestinal health, which is of particular importance in areas where sanitation is lacking.
“Ultimately, we believe that supplementing foods with resistant starch in infants in a low-middle income country setting could prove beneficial to their nutritional status, gut physiology and immunity,” Flinders GI Global Health Unit Project Manager Elissa Mortimer tells NutritionInsight.
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