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2020 Vision

Hello Everyone! Sorry I haven’t been good at keeping up with the blog, but it still gets a lot of traffic so I’ll try to write some new posts this year as I contemplate my next book. I’m debating a “beyond keto” book as the keto diet racks up more and more failures and disgruntled […]

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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope you all are doing well as we enter the holiday season along with all of the decadent food choices we’ll soon encounter. Well, here’s a pro-tip for those of you who cook. Mashed potatoes and gravy can be made simply with no fat. Pile your plate high with these beautiful spuds, […]

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Is Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch Resistant Starch?

Click here for a quick primer on Commercial Potato Starch! I have heard rumors that Bob’s Red Mill’s customer service is telling people that their potato starch does not contain resistant starch (RS). In October, 2015, this comment appeared on the Bob’s Red Mill website: Question: Is Tapioca Flour a Starch and would it be […]

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Happy New Year!

Dear Reader – Thank you for following along as I rejuvenated and relocated potato-related articles from my VegetablePharm blog. From here on out I will only be posting new material, and I’ll open the comments so that we can get into some fun discussions. The theme of this blog will be weight loss and health […]

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Potato Diets in the News

Potato Diets have taken the internet by storm this year! SpudFit There’s Andrew Taylor (aka SpudFit) of Melbourne, who has literally blown up the internet and was even on The Doctors on March 3rd. I’ve had a couple email exchanges with Andrew. Nice guy, very genuine. I even sent him a draft copy of The […]

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Bifidogenic Potato Starch

Somewhere along the lines, people have started thinking that raw potato starch (RPS) is somehow bad for the gut biome. Years back, I read many papers discussing the “bifidogenic” properties of RPS, or its ability to specifically grow Bifidobacteria. Bifido is one of the few types of bacteria that is thought to be particularly healthful […]

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Raw Potato Starch as a Prebiotic

Raw, unmodified potato starch meets the current definition of “prebiotic” and would, therefore, add value to diets that are low in fiber.   – Me, circa 2012 … prebiotics should be viewed as ‘undigested dietary carbohydrates’ that are fermented by colonic bacteria yielding short chain fatty acids as end products.  The consumption of other molecules (e.g. human […]

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Home Made Potato Starch and Juice

I have a Jack Lalanne Power Juicer that I use every summer when I have too many carrots and beets…ever have a glass of fresh squeezed carrot juice?  You can’t beat it! I got to reading some comments somewhere from a young lady extolling the virtues of raw potato juice, she said it was full […]

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Resistant Starch and Red Meat

The Paleo Community is once again backed into a corner, defending “meat.” The World Health Organization recently released a report that says: Overall, the Working Group classified consumption of processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1) on the basis of sufficient evidence for colorectal cancer. Additionally, a positive association with the consumption of processed […]

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Resistant Starch Type 2 (RS2)

RS2 has been in lots of headlines this week!  Thanks to everyone who keeps me posted on the latest happenings in Resistant Starch Land. Hi-Maize in the News: The biggest piece of recent news is that the FDA now allows health claims of “preventing diabetes” for products that contain High Amylose Maize Starch! Read more […]

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Potato Starch Defended!

I have made it my sole purpose in life to stick up for the tiny little spheres of goodness that make up raw potato starch. Last summer, the blogger behind The Paleo Mom blog went on a rampage against my beloved RPS, saying things like: Now, a new contender is here for the superfood crown: […]

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Potatoes, Resistant Starch, and Weight Loss

Over and over I hear that potatoes are fattening, yet the science is shows the complete opposite.  Potatoes aid in weight loss. Specifically, it’s the resistant starch (RS) in potatoes that might make the most difference. A good way to get more RS in your diet is to simply serve potatoes as leftovers.  The overnight […]

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Resistant Starch Content of Potatoes

A research paper from July 2016 examined the fiber and starch profiles of numerous potato types. This is the first paper to fully describe the RS found in raw, cooked, and cooked and cooled potatoes. Published in the Food Chemistry journal, “Evaluation of nutritional profiles of starch and dry matter from early potato varieties and […]

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This is Your Gut on Potatoes

Read more about it here! Several research papers have suggested that a “simplified fiber” diet will create more diversity in gut flora than a diet filled with various fiber types.

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30 Days of Potatoes! Done.

Well, I did it!  30 days of potatoes. My month long potato diet was a success! Here are my potato diet results. My experience pales in comparison to Andrew “SpudFit” Taylor, who just completed his 9th month, with 3 to go!

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Spudtember, Day 16 Update

Andrew Spudfit Taylor inspired this month long potato reset diet.  I tried for the month of September, dubbed “Spudtember.” Friday update on my month-long potato diet experience. Everything is going great, I derived probably 95% of my calories the past couple days/weeks from potatoes. The odd dipping sauce or foraged tomato were my only deviations. […]

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Potato Pizza!

Bored of plain potatoes on your potato diet?  Try potato pizza! When eating potatoes-only for 3-5 days, you can get by on the traditional roasted, baked, boiled, mashed presentations, however, after a week, it really becomes a chore to fix potatoes in a way that you get excited about eating them.  Wait ’til you see […]

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SpudTember Challenge!

Andrew “Spudfit” Taylor, the Australian bloke who is eating nothing but potatoes for an entire year, has issued a challenge on Facebook. He’s calling it Spudtember. He wants to take people on a guided trip through his world of eating nothing but potatoes.

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Spudtember, SpudFit Challenge!

Andrew “Spudfit” Taylor has issued a challenge and will be on hand to guide you through a month of eating potatoes-only!  He’s set up a private Facebook page and is charging $10 for entry. Here’s what Andrew says: (Visit his blog to sign up!) If you’ve heard about, or even been following my Spud Fit […]

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Welcome to the Potato Hack Chronicle!

Welcome to the Potato Hack Chronicle!  I’ve been playing around with an all-potato diet for the past 6 years or so, ever since Chris Voigt pulled his 2-month potato diet “stunt” in 2010. Lots of bloggers circa 2010-2012 were talking about the all-potato aspect, and nearly all of them decided there was nothing special, about […]

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