Friday, July 1, 2016

Potato Starch (RS2), RS4, and Inulin: New Research

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!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Jack LaLanne's New Website!

Jack LaLanne's (1914-2011) wife (La La) and son (Jon) recently started a website ( devoted to Jack's timeless advice on health, nutrition, and exercise. My friends and family know that I have been a HUGE fan of Jack for many years. (Good article here!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Alternative to the Potato Hack!

FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment.

A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are digested. The AspireAssist system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, connecting to an outside port on the skin of the belly. About 30 minutes after finishing a meal, users connect the port to an external device, which drains some of the recently-consumed food into the toilet. The manufacturer says its system removes about 30 percent of food stored in the stomach before it begins causing weight gain.

Is this really what it's come to? I guess this is healthier than sticking a finger down your throat after a meal.

Potatoes By Day

As an aside, if anyone has tried the potato hack for weight loss and wished there was an easier way, please try the variation that I described in the book as "Potatoes by Day."

I have been getting overwhelming feedback that simply eating potatoes for 1-2 meals a day, and one "real" meal results in very good weight loss for many. I have always liked this approach, especially for for a long-term weight loss measure. Just keep your one real meal as "real" as possible, not an excuse to pig-out on junk food. I will be re-examining "Potatoes by Day" later, but if anyone has tried, how'd it go?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Beating the Odds

Interesting article on MedicalXpress just now: Few engage in five behaviors for preventing chronic disease

They picked the top 5 health killers and examined how many people do all five...not many.
  • No smoking
  • Moderate to no drinking
  • Exercising
  • Normal BMI
  • Getting enough sleep

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Are Microbes in Charge?

After last week's post on the criminally insane habits of those in need of microbes, several recent developments caught my eye and got me wondering, "who's really in charge?"

An unrelated (yet completely related) post by The Homeschooling Doctor about brain development from adolescence through adulthood, a note from Dr. Kadar, DDS concerning a special bacteria found in garden soil, and another note from Wild Cucumber saying that she has resumed blogging at Garbling the Dandelion (Great pics!), all point towards the fact that we need to get down and dirty and embrace our inner overlords.

Turns out there's a special bacteria found ubiquitously in the soil.

Friday, May 13, 2016

RS2, Part Two...Yep, Still in Love! RS4 not so much.

RS2 has been in lots of headlines this week!  Thanks to everyone who keeps me posted on the latest happenings in Resistant Starch Land.

The first three items appear to come from an outspoken critic of potato starch via Twitter and spam email.