Tag Archives: Gut Health

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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In Search of the Perfect Fiber (Part 5…the future!)

It’s pretty obvious by now that there is no “perfect fiber.”  They are all pretty good!  The problem always is going to be in determining what we each need on a day-to-day basis to keep our gut microbiome well-fed.  Will real food ever be enough (Part 1)?  Do we need to take a supplement (Part […]

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In Search of the Perfect Fiber (Part 4…’ancient’ science)

So far in parts 1, 2, and 3 we’ve defined fiber and prebiotics, discussed that 20-50g/day of fermentable fibers is a good target, looked into real food and supplemental fiber sources, and also created a bit of confusion.  The topic of “fiber” is anything but simple.  You’ll see in this post why so much confusion […]

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In Search of the Perfect Fiber (Part 3…supplements)

In Part 1 we discussed a target of 20-50 grams per day of the fiber types considered “fermentable” or “prebiotic.” In Part 2, I confused things a bit by showing you that it’s nearly impossible to accurately count fiber. In Part 3, I’d like to show you what is available for fiber supplementation and give […]

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In Search of the Perfect Fiber (Part 2…food)

In Part 1 we discussed what fiber is, does, and how much we need.  To recap, nearly all governing agencies and nutritional advisory boards recommend that we need somewhere in the range of 20-40 grams of fiber per day.  Less for women, children and the elderly (defined as ‘over 50,’ ha!). I proposed that we […]

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In Search of the Perfect Fiber (Part 1…quantity)

Human Baby Fiber Intake When reading through my fiber recommendations, keep in mind the amount of prebiotic fiber a newborn human baby ingests.  Human breast milk is rich in Human Milk Oligosaccharides.  These HMOs are similar in structure to inulin and resistant starch.  A man-made substance, GOS, is often used in infant formula.  GOS is […]

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Gut Problems Got You Down? Try the Patented “Oat, Blueberry, Fiber Smoothie!”

A brilliant doctor recently patented an invention that aids diabetics. The “invention” that Dr. Heiman patented was a blend of oats, blueberries, and inulin that he foresees being given to diabetic patients who are taking Metformin and not responding well. If you don’t know about Metformin, Mark Sisson at Mark’s Daily Apple just wrote a […]

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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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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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Plantains as a Potato Substitute

If you do not like potato starch-based resistant starch supplements, try plantains!  Plantains are a very healthy, fiber and resistant starch filled food source. A great prebiotic. It’s always a bit of a gamble buying raw starches in the hopes that the RS was not destroyed in the processing, or that it is really even […]

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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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Elixa Probiotics Gut Series, Part 2

Probiotics are an important part of any gut health restoration and recovery program. Elixa is a superb product consisting of lacto and bifido strains for maximum delivery. Karl Seddon of Elixa has been busy creating a really good video series on gut health. In case you missed part 1, here it is. And this is […]

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Gut Garden’s New Prebiotic Supplement

A new prebiotic supplement has recently hit the market. Gut Garden’s Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend is a gut health supplement that features raw potato starch as a key ingredient. This unique blend also contains glucomannan, Larch arabinogalactin, Chicory root inulin, and Acacia senegal.

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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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