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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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Big Food

A lot of my new book, The Diet Hack, is devoted to the dangers of Big Food. The fast-food/snack-food/junk-food industry. I hate them with a passion. All of them. I hate every company that take cheap industrial agriculture products, ie. sugar, oil, and wheat, and turns them into “food.” They’ve basically ruined the health of […]

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potato diet

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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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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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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Intro to Resistant Starch

Some good info on resistant starch. Much of this info is found in my book, The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified, but it’s been updated to include new developments in our understanding of resistant starch. Resistant starch (RS) is starch that does not get digested in the stomach or small intestine and enters the large […]

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RS2 in Malawian Children

New Study: RS2 and gut inflammation in Malawian children. Finally, a study showing that Resistant Starch Type 2 is not the “wonder drug” that I have promoted for nearly three years now. Did RS2 cause gut inflammation in rural Malawi children? It’s been too easy, what with study after study for over 30 years showing […]

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Resistant Starch Improves Human Health

Resistant starch has been studied extensively for over 30 years. RS improves gut health which leads to overall improvements in weight control, insulin resistance, blood pressure, cholesterol and other markers of health. A paper recently published: Role of Resistant Starch in Improving Gut Health, Adiposity, and Insulin Resistance Have a quick look, sometimes papers like […]

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Resistant Starch Content of Popcorn Makes it a very Healthy Snack!

Resistant Starch! Popcorn contains high amounts of resistant starch, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. It’s a “whole-grain” and can be consumed as part of a healthy diet. A corn starch product known as Hi-Maize is used in many gut health studies. Hi-Maize is the starch from corn that is bred to be high in […]

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Ancestral Potato Hackers Discovered

Maybe this potato hack thing is ingrained in us, evolutionarily. Here is proof that potato hacking predates even Homo sapiens. From, Do Animals Have Culture A smart monkey in Japan (named Imo) learned a cool trick. She washed her potato in a river. Her troopmates saw her doing this and likewise started washing their potatoes. […]

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Fiber and Resistant Starch

Fiber and resistant starch (RS) are very important tools for health and weight loss. Recent science shows us that fiber and RS can help prevent metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. A funny little abstract to a science article has been going around lately: “Effects of total fibre or resistant starch-rich diets within lifestyle […]

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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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Potato Starch Increases Butyrate

I never get tired of seeing well-designed studies on my favorite thing in the world: fiber! Well, here’s a couple research articles describing Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch, man-made RS4, and an inulin supplement.  tl/dr: Fiber good!

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Pigs and Potatoes

Potato diets take advantage of the resistant starch content of potatoes. Some bloggers imply that resistant starch RS2 is bad. It’s not! This pig study is often used by unscrupulous gurus to show RS2 is harmful.

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Fasting, Circadian Rhythms…and the Potato Diet

Two studies published this week, both relate to the efficacy of The Potato Hack. Potato diets are very healthy and can help you lose lots of weight and correct illnesses. Gut Bacteria Control our Health! The first paper, “Microbiota diurnal rhythmicity programs host transcriptome oscillations,” shows us that the bacteria in our gut are tightly […]

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Gut Health Study, feat. Potato Starch

Potato diets are so effective due to the health properties of potato starch. Potato starch is a great prebiotic fiber, as discussed in this new research paper. A great study out of Denmark last week. Nineteen people between 39 and 75, all with metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.), were given a low-fiber or […]

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Resistant Starch and Fiber in Potatoes

Coolest thing you’ll see today! Back to my two favorite subjects: Potatoes and resistant starch. A new paper out, one that 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. Those weeds, they’re everywhere!

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