811: Guest Host Richard Nikoley & Friends Explain The Importance Of Resistant Starch
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In recent months, you may have heard quite a bit in the Paleo and low-carb communities about a concept known as “resistant starch.” One of the people leading the charge on this is our special guest host for today’s episode. His name is Richard Nikoley from “Free the Animal” (listen to Richard’s two previous appearances on the podcast in Episode 347 and Episode 555) and he is currently writing a book with two of his guests about gut biome, prebiotics and probiotics. They are Tim Steele (aka “Tator Tot”) from the North Pole in Alaska and functional medicine practitioner Grace Liu, PharmD, AFMCP from “Animal Pharm” (listen to Jimmy’s interview with Grace in Episode 520). They are also joined at the end by someone who needs no introduction to “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” listeners–he is Tom Naughton from “Fat Head” who has been experimenting with resistant starch with great success in recent months as he recently shared in Episode 100 of the “Low-Carb Conversations” podcast.
Listen in our fabulous foursome of Richard, Tim, Grace, and Tom discuss the importance of the human gut microbiome to health and wellness and how in being compromised can be at the root of many digestive, autoimmune, and even mental disorders, the fact that bacteria accounts for 10 times as many cells in our body as human cells, they are present in 300 to 1,000 different species, and combined, can account for 100 times the number of genes we possess, how the gut biome can be compromised in a number of ways but the most common are the use of antibiotics, inadequate feeding (prebiotics), and inadequate regular repopulating (probiotics), the critical role of resistant starches as a probiotic that feeds friendly bacteria, what this form of starch means to someone on a low-carb diet, what “Soil Based Organisms” are in terms of probiotics, how we used to get them, and why most don’t anymore with negative implications on their health, what SIBO is and how to fix it, and a recap of Tom Naughton’s experience in supplementing both with potato starch, as well as going to a more low-to-moderate carbohydrate intake. If you’ve been curious about this topic of resistant starch, then this is the podcast for you! ENJOY!