Many high-carbohydrate foods may help burn fat.

July 15, 2013

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 foods—like potatoes—are 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