Hey MaggieMay and Octobergirl -
Sorry for the late reply!
There are three important blogs that I'd love to point you wonderful folks to, but I'll summarize what the general scientific consensus has been thus far:www.coolinginflammation.blogspot.comwww.freetheanimal.comwww.animalpharm.blogspot.com
I posted a thread on resistant starches a while back here
, which might also be of interest to you because it shows empirical proof that some of this stuff is actually working!
Two of them are run by doctors (PhDs) and one of them is run by Richard Nikoley (a big voice in the paleo community). Given how much information they've accumulated (both from the crowd and medical literature), Richard will be releasing a book, co-authored by Dr.Grace as well as "Tatertot" Tim. Dr.Art Ayers (coolinginflammation) and Dr.Grace (animalpharm) have posted many articles in regards to gut flora and how to keep the gut lining healed, and both have changed their stance considerably on the paleo diet. Richard has modified his site to focus solely on healing the gut and RS, because that's where just about everything
from SIBO to autoimmunity generally starts. Sarah is on point about
this, but I think her stance on starches is slightly off base.
Given how many antibiotic courses most of us have taken, probiotics are but a drop in the ocean compared to the vast population of strains we lack, so starches and gut bugs are vital to the repopulation scheme. The paleo diet, sans fermentable fibers, just isn't enough to heal the body and there are many issues people constantly run into.
I was hesitant to post this because I get accused often of promoting my own agenda, but their information has been very valuable in my own personal healing journey. They always provide helpful tips for healing and repopulating the gut. For example, I learned that fermented foods are vastly superior to most probiotic forms, except maybe SBOs (though Dr.Ayers would disagree with Dr.Grace on this). Dr.Art Ayers on coolinginflammation makes a strong case that probiotics, both from commercial dairy and supplements are transient, meaning they will not repopulate the gut. Fermented batches from various farms are vastly superior to most probiotic formulations. This is because each batch not only contains gazillions of bacteria, but also different/unique strains that we may be missing.
1) In regards to starches in the paleo diet, I think the general consensus, both from crowd-sourced science experiments and the medical literature, is that they are very beneficial for feeding the good bugs and keeping the gut lining healed (from a mucus/butyrate production standpoint). Dr.Art Ayers basically considers resistant starch a panacea
, which is surprising given how much of a no-nonsense guy he is (he doesn't believe GMO veggies affect our gut bugs).
2) Sarah is very well intentioned in to her opinion on resistant starches, but they will also feed the good bugs. The strategy is to pincer out the improper flora by resupplying with soil based organisms and feeding the RS foods. Dr.Grace makes the case here
that the people who have issues with potato starch don't have the proper bacteria to assimilate it. Our guts co-evolved with soil bacteria and formulations like prescript
assist, probiotic-3 are considered essentials. Although we can't eat dirty vegetables, this is typically how our ancestors ate them, so prescript
assist somewhat helps fix the issues.
3) That link you provided about
soaking grains is spot on! Most canned varieties are problematic because they aren't soaked and the metal often leeches into the nutrients. I personally adore Mung beans because I know I'll get solid stools the day after eating them. I cook them Indian style with turmeric, ghee and various anti-inflammatories. I posted a recipe in some thread but I'll have to starch for it.
Hope this helps!
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