….And here we go. Soon, you might need a prescription for resistant starch, and supplements like Gut Garden’s Resistant Starch might be outlawed for over-the-counter sales! If Big Pharma had their way, this would already be the case. What’s gotten me so riled up, you ask? This:
“The findings illustrate the dawn of a new era in treating human disease with medicinal foods,” Professor Mackay said. “The materials we used are something you can digest that is comprised of natural products – resistant starches are a normal part of our diet. The diets we used are highly efficient at releasing beneficial metabolites. I would describe them as an extreme superfood,” he said. Professor Mackay said that the diet was not just about eating vegetables or high-fibre foods but involved special food and a special process, and would need to be managed by nutritionists, dietitians and clinicians. [emphasis added]
This excerpt is from an interview with the researchers behind a new study that shows baby mice fed resistant starch after being weaned were much less likely to develop Type 1 Diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. The title of this new study guarantees that only geeks like us will venture past the abstract. The study: Gut microbial metabolites limit the frequency of autoimmune T cells and protect against type 1 diabetes, suggests that T1D is a disorder of a modern, dyspeptic gut. Easily prevented by flooding the gut with the materials it needs to thrive, short-chain fatty acids. And where do we get SCFA? Foods that contain lots of prebiotic fiber. Onions, leeks, cooked and cooled beans/rice/potatoes, green bananas, raw potatoes, wheat, buckwheat, yams, etc. etc..
What’s The Fuss?
As I’ve been preaching for years, you just can’t get enough fiber from the foods we normally eat. You have to go out of your way. It can be as easy as eating a small raw potato or green banana every day as Dr. Davis of Wheatbelly recommends. You can pre-cook and cool all of your starches before eating. Or you can down a spoonful of a raw starch known to be high in RS.
Here’s the rub. Big Pharma does not want you to know about ANYTHING that you can do for free. Especially if it works. Big Pharma does not care much about St. John’s Wort or Nettles, especially when most supplements don’t even contain the labeled ingredients. But they love to extract the ingredients and make stuff. They just won’t tell you that sometimes it’s better to eat the plant than take the synthetic drug they’ve developed.
Same thing with resistant starch.
Around 2011 or 2012, I first learned of RS and it’s amazing potential. I started a sort of health revolution around RS. Everybody is talking about it now. Even Dr. Oz and the low carbers love it. In 1997, the UN/WHO said:
One of the major developments in our understanding of the importance of carbohydrates for health in the past twenty years has been the discovery of resistant starch. — Joint Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization, 1997
That was 20 years ago. We now have 40 years of RS discoveries. But nobody (except me) is talking about it much. When I started my RS crusade 5 years ago, my biggest motivation was to head off the hype and show you how easy it is to get RS into your diet.
Big Pharma has other ideas. These are the same people who ensure you require a prescription for POOP. I have a feeling that the true benefits of RS are being held back from the public. Especially the easy-to-find RS supplements like Hi-Maize, potato starch, and green banana flour.
I’d be willing to bet that as we speak, there’s a biotech company fidgeting with potatoes or corn, splicing in amylose genes or incorporating butyrate into RS granules. They’ll take the starch, subject it to enzymes, heat, and moisture. Then they’ll test it in a lab and declare that it is a “new type fiber.” A fiber so powerful and effective that mere human mortals should not be allowed to ingest it without strict medical supervision.
Then they’ll patent it. Get FDA approval. Find some “orphan disease” that it works really well for. And get really rich. No one will ever know that Bob’s Red Mill had the answer all along. I can only imagine how much they’ll charge for this medicinal extreme superfood.
We know better!