Metabolic Effects of Resistant Starch Type 2: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Nutrients. 2019 Aug 8;11(8):1833. doi: 10.3390/nu11081833.


Published evidence exploring the effects of dietary resistant starch (RS) on human cardiometabolic health is inconsistent. This review aimed to investigate the effect of dietary RS type 2 (RS2) supplementation on body weight, satiety ratings, fasting plasma glucose, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), insulin resistance and lipid levels in healthy individuals and those with overweight/obesity, the metabolic syndrome (MetS), prediabetes or type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Five electronic databases were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in English between 1982 and 2018, with trials eligible for inclusion if they reported RCTs involving humans where at least one group consumed ≥ 8 g of RS2 per day and measured body weight, satiety, glucose and/or lipid metabolic outcomes. Twenty-two RCTs involving 670 participants were included. Meta-analyses indicated that RS2 supplementation significantly reduced serum triacylglycerol concentrations (mean difference (MD) = -0.10 mmol/L; 95% CI -0.19, -0.01, P = 0.03) in healthy individuals (n = 269) and reduced body weight (MD = -1.29 kg; 95% CI -2.40, -0.17, P = 0.02) in people with T2DM (n = 90). However, these outcomes were heavily influenced by positive results from a small number of individual studies which contradicted the conclusions of the majority of trials. RS2 had no effects on any other metabolic outcomes. All studies ranged from 1-12 weeks in duration and contained small sample sizes (10-60 participants), and most had an unclear risk of bias. Short-term RS2 supplementation in humans is of limited cardiometabolic benefit.

Keywords: dietary fiber; metabolic health; metabolic syndrome; obesity; resistant starch; systematic review; type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood*
  • Dietary Carbohydrates / pharmacology*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Fasting / blood
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Lipids / blood
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / blood
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / blood
  • Overweight / blood*
  • Prediabetic State / blood
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Satiety Response / drug effects
  • Starch / pharmacology*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Lipids
  • hemoglobin A1c protein, human
  • Starch