[tl/dr - click this link and sign the petition to allow health claims on foods containing RS]
The FDA has been sitting on a petition to approve a health claim that resistant starch may help prevent diabetes. This petition was sent to the FDA in March 2015, and they've just announced that for the third time, they will again delay their ruling...with absolutely no explanation why. We are in a position to change this! All you have to do is VOTE.
A petition is live as of this morning at Change.org. This petition reads, in part:
U.S. FDA: Rule on the petition that resistant starch reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Awareness and utilization of all sources of resistant starch could benefit from an FDA-approved health claim – not just resistant starch sourced from corn, but also resistant starch from green bananas, beans, peas, potatoes and intact whole grains.
I am asking you to sign this petition to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue their ruling on the health claim petition that resistant starch helps to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
To read the entire petition, please visit Change.org, and simply sign it online.
Rhonda Witwer, another RS supporter, and frequent commenter at VeggiePharm, instituted this petion in response to the FDA's non-action. Rhonda has been instrumental in spreading the word on the importance of resistant starch in the human diet.
You can read the full-text of the initial petition here:
Petition Pursuant To Section 403(r)(4), Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and 21 CFR 101.70 – Petitions for Health Claims High-Amylose Maize Starch (Containing Type 2 Resistant Starch) and Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Submitted to the Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition March 26, 2015.
The entire purpose of the original petition to the FDA was to approve the following health claims to be used on foods containing resistant starch derived from high-amylose corn:
Consumption of high-amylose maize resistant starch may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Consumption of high-amylose maize resistant starch, a type of dietary fiber, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Please keep in mind, this is not just about corn starch! This is the start of a health revolution that we have been part of here at VegetablePharm for the last couple years, and also one that has been widely publicized throughout the nutrition world, thanks mostly to the posts of Richard Nikoley at Free the Animal.
As it stands, the FDA does not even recognize resistant starch as a source of fiber, despite over 30 years of research that RS is a very powerful builder of the gut biome. At the present time, anyone taking a resistant starch supplement like raw potato starch or Hi-Maize corn starch most likely got the idea from Richard Nikoley or me. If the FDA approves this petition, it would mean the beginning of real change in the nutrition world. Foods would be tested and labeled for their RS content and consumers would be able to choose foods high in RS.
Until then, we have this:
Please help make a difference! Visit Change.org and sign the petition. It's free and takes literally 30 seconds.
I've invited Rhonda Witwer, the originator of the Change.org petition to drop by in the comments in case anyone has any questions for her concerning the petition, high-amylose corn starch, or anything else.