Many high-carbohydrate foods may help burn fat.

July 15, 2013
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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.