But first, some background I thought you might like.
I was wracking my brain trying to remember when I got the idea that potato starch would make a good RS supplement. I found it! The exact moment was January 31st, 2013. This was my comment in a very good discussion at Mark's Daily Apple in a thread called "Resistant Starch: A Solution in Search of a Problem?" 252 comments in that thread, but you can see my entire knowledge base of RS developing if you read it. Even a cameo appearance by a Hi-Maize marketing director, RS Queen, in an attempt to sell us on Hi-Maize.
Anyway, here's what sparked a mini-revolution:
01-31-2013, 05:10 PM
I have searched the interwebz extensively, at least for 2 hours, which makes me a genius in this topic...
Someone talk me out of buying a bag of potato starch and adding 50g/day it to a cold food or beverage.
I see studies like this (abstract only, but that's OK, I wouldn't read it all anyway):
Resistant starch: the effect on postprandial glycemia, hormonal response, and satiety.
The effect of resistant starch (RS) on postprandial plasma concentrations of glucose, lipids, and hormones, and on subjective satiety and palatability ratings was investigated in 10 healthy, normal-weight, young males. The test meals consisted of 50 g pregelatinized starch (0% RS) (S) or 50 g raw potato starch (54% RS) (R) together with 500 g artificially sweetened syrup. After the R meal postprandial plasma concentrations of glucose, lactate, insulin, gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP), glucagon-like peptide-1, and epinephrine were significantly lower compared with after the S meal. Moreover, subjective scores for satiety and fullness were significantly lower after the R meal than after the S meal. Differences in GIP, texture, and palatability may have been involved in these findings. In conclusion, the replacement of digestible starch with RS resulted in significant reductions in postprandial glycemia and insulinemia, and in the subjective sensations of satiety.
I have not seen anywhere that raw potato starch, such as this: Opentip.com: Bob's Red Mill Potato Starch, Unmodified, All Natural - 4 x 24 ozs. would be bad for your health, or unhealthy in any way.
Many people have said NOT to eat raw potatoes, but I think that is just an old wives' tale. I will agree that eating raw potato skins, or potatoes with green in them is bad, but clean, peeled potatoes should be fine to eat in any amount.
Can anyone provide any info that eating potato starch (or even raw potato) is harmful?
Despite PKlopp's best attempts, I am still convinced RS has a place in our diet. I would love to try 30-50g/day and see what happens. I don't want to use Hi-Maize. I don't really want to eat that much raw potato. Unless someone can provide evidence that uncooked potato starch is not healthy, I may seriously try this soon.
Sorry about the sloppy quotes there, but you get the idea...
I think was only a day or two later when I found Bob's Red Mill at the local grocery store and started out by taking 4 TBS a day.
Prior to this I had your typical 'modern, dyspeptic gut.' Frequent heartburn, diaarrhea, nausea, constipation, foul-smelling gas, upset stomach, etc..
A day of two after starting potato starch, I started getting a huge flatulence increase, at first a bit on the odoriferous side, but quickly turning to loud, long, and not lethal. I think the whole transformation took about 3 weeks, and after 6 weeks I seemed to have a super-healthy gut.
My diet at that time was more in line with Perfect Health Diet, but very little fiber. Nothing was cooked and cooled, I knew nothing about fermentable fiber or MACs. So, really, the only real fiber in my diet was the 4TBS of potato starch.
I wondered if I was crazy, everyone I mentioned my experiment to thought so. Finally, I made a few comments on Free The Animal and got Richard Nikoley hooked on the idea, too. That was in May 2013, I believe. Soon, he was trying it and had loads of his blog readers trying it. Over the next year, the world got turned on to potato starch.
In June 2013, the American Gut Project opened up to everyone. I sent a sample of my poo to them for analysis. The results took six months! You can read about my results here.
Bottom-line, my gut microbes looked amazing! High in 'good' bacteria and low in 'bad.'
This year I did some experimenting with different diets and different gut testing companies.
Tomorrow I will share some of the results, I'm still putting them together. Besides, I think I took up enough space today.