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Do Starchy Foods Affect Longevity?

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Do Starchy Foods Affect Longevity?

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Paul Jaminet, PhD is an astrophysicist from MIT and Berkley with a strong interest in health and diet which began†after†he experienced personal health challenges, which did not respond to conventional medicine.

He and Dr. Ron Rosedale, M.D. have recently been having a lively internet debate about whether or not “safe starches” will augment your health.

Dr. Jaminet believes that carbohydrates from starches such as potatoes and cooked rice are healthful “safe starches” that, if completely avoided, can lead to “glucose deficiency.”

Dr. Rosedale disagrees.

According to Dr. Rosedale, all sugars and foods that convert into sugar will have a detrimental effect if eaten. He argues that while a daily bowl of rice’s-worth of carbohydrates may seem like a small amount, it may still make a big difference in terms of your health, especially for those with diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

I recently commented on their debate here. Their discussion continues in the featured article on Dr. Rosedale’s website. It’s an extensive 53 page document, but well worth reading†if you are interested in this subject.

Here, I will only highlight a few of the points made. For the rest, please continue on to Dr. Rosedale’s site.

This is a Controversial Topic

As you will see if you review Dr. Jaminet’s website, he disagrees with Dr. Rosedale’s supposition, and believes that glucose does indeed serve some useful functions. We only have a limited store of glycogen and if we deplete it we could stress other systems to provide the glucose our body requires to perform.

As I see it, this is really a non-issue for most people as they will not even get close to Dr. Jaminet’s suggestion of reducing carb calories from the standard 50 percent that most people consume, to 20-30 percent of†total calories from carbs.

The key is to replace the carbs with healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, egg yolks, raw grass fed organic butter, olives and nuts. You would not want to use highly processed and genetically engineered omega-6 oils like corn, canola and soy as they will upset your omega 6/3 ratio. Of course you want to avoid all trans fats, but contrary to popular advice, saturated fats can be very good for you.

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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8:03AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

great information, thanks for sharing this

2:49AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

A balanced diet is all anyone needs.

11:16PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Interesting. This is a very important debate, especially in light of the diabetes epidemic in the US.

7:28PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

interesting, and agree that moderation is key

7:13PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

moderation in all things....

7:13PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

moderation in all things....

7:13PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

moderation in all things....

6:41PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012


6:15PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Only starch I think is not healthy. Ideally, a balanced diet with starch, protein, natural vitamins, etc.. Where to get it? Easy, easy, and does not cost much: potatoes, vegetables, fruits, soy meat, etc..
A balanced diet is essential for the longevity of people.

5:59PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Well, how about everything (and not much animal) in moderation and qigong which is what healed me of 14 years of colitis (talk about gut problems). There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to do it and spell it but the most important thing is to DO it and every day~!

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