CSIRO are working on increasing levels of resistant starch in commonly eaten grains in Australia, with the aim of tackling bowel cancer.
This follows research published in the Journal of Nutrition that suggests including 20g of resistant starch (a type of fibre) in your daily diet can protect against DNA damage in the colon that causes cancer. Resistant starch is found in foods such as legumes, some wholegrain breads and cereals, firm bananas and cooked and cooled potatoes, pasta and rice. However, the current levels in these foods make it difficult to reach the suggested target. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.