Last updated: Sep 10, 2008
Low-carb diets won out over low-fat plans in terms of weight-loss results in the research wars last summer. But don't let that news stop you from fixing your world-famous potato salad.
A number of new studies show that many high-carbohydrate foodslike potatoesare also high in weight-controlling "resistant starch." The starch, which isn't digested in your small intestine, seems to stimulate hormones that make you feel full and even help your body burn 20% more fat.
Cold potatoes (like the ones boiled, chilled, and then put in potato salad) are a great source; chilling their carbs develops the resistant starch. Other good choices: pasta salad, corn tortillas, and great Northern beans.
For delicious, nutritious ways to enjoy these foods, try these recipes, which are full of resistant starch: Green and White Pasta Salad Baja Fish Tacos Ranch Quesadilla Black-Bean Chili With Winter Squash White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip Cannellini, Sausage, and Sage Stew Braised Lentils With Onions and Spinach Hoisin-Mango Chicken Sandwich PBJ Special Tropical Fruit Salad