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Is potato starch LCHF? Could it lower your blood sugar? Incredibly enough, the answer seems to be “yes” – if you don’t heat it.
The latest hot trend on health blogs is resistant starch. It seems to have positive effects on blood sugar, especially in type 2 diabetics. Perhaps it also makes you feel fuller and more satisfied, which could facilitate weight loss.
Even more speculative is that it may improve overall gut health, which potentially could be beneficial for those with an autoimmune condition.
It all sounds strange when you first hear about it. How can starch improve blood sugar – isn’t starch broken down to glucose, which raises blood sugar?
How It Works
The beauty of resistant starch is that it doesn’t break down to glucose. It isn’t broken down at all in the body, but instead it becomes food for the gut microbiome in the colon. The gut bacteria digest the resistant starch into short-chain fatty acids, which are absorbed by the body.
Therefore, resistant starch will not act as a carbohydrate. Instead, it is food for gut bacteria and what your body absorbs has been converted to fat.
Resistant starch is in reality LCHF – low carb, high fat – with food for the gut flora as a bonus.
Feeding the good gut bacteria – and the cells of the intestinal lining – seems to be able to affect hormone levels in the body (GLP-1 etc.), that in turn has an effect on blood sugar regulation and insulin sensitivity.
It seems also to be beneficial to ensure that gut bacteria and cells get adequate nutrition. Our ancestors no doubt did so, as there are plenty of sources of resistant starch in nature.
Do you want to try getting more resistant starch? Continue Reading →
More and more Swedes get type 1 diabetes, which used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes.
It was previously thought that the increase only applied to children, but now it’s clear that the disease is also increasing greatly in people between 14 and 34 years:
Nobody knows for sure what causes the disease. For some reason, the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells and kills them.
The increase in type 1 diabetes follows the rise of obesity – three times more people are obese today, than in the 80′s.
Obese people have greatly elevated levels of insulin in their blood, on average four times more (!) than lean people.
The same Western food that stimulate an overproduction of insulin, making susceptible people obese, may affect other people in other ways. Perhaps a hyper-stimulation of insulin-production constitutes a risk for an attack of the insulin-producing cells.
Perhaps the Western high-carb diet is not only behind obesity and type 2 diabetes in ever more people, but also behind an increased risk of type 1 diabetes? Continue Reading →
Here’s another good reason NOT to listen to your dietitian if you get diagnosed with diabetes*. A reader sent me her story:
Airline food is hardly great, and it’s hardly healthy. How about the special “diabetic meal”, would that be an improvement?
A reader decided to try it out: Continue Reading →
Clever student. I hope they gave him/her full marks!
According to recent statistics diabetes has become increasingly common in cats in the last ten years. Something is very wrong!
Fat cats risk becoming diabetic, according to more and more observations:
While the exact incidence is unknown, the number of diabetic cats is increasing at an alarming rate due to the tremendous increase in the number of overweight and obese cats.
Cats that eat cheap cat food based on wheat, oats, rice and corn (carbohydrates) – despite being genetically adapted meat eaters – risk becoming fat AND getting diabetes.
Food with a lot of easily digested carbohydrates may namely raise both the cat’s blood sugar and shoot the fat-storing hormone insulin levels through the roof. The cat will become both sick and fat from new industrial foods filled with easily digested carbohydrates. Just like we do.
What does your cat eat?
Sugar or fat, which is worse? That’s the question in the BBC documentary “Sugar vs. Fat” that aired the other night. And it’s been a long time since I got so many e-mails asking me for comments!
It’s an interesting setup. Two identical twin brothers – both of them doctors – go on a diet for a month. One on an extreme low fat diet, one on an extreme low carb diet (not even vegetables are allowed!). Here’s some background information:
Unfortunately they end up mostly “confirming” their preconceived ideas. Ready? Here comes the spoilers:
Many studies demonstrate the advantages of a low-carb diet for weight loss without hunger, and for blood-sugar control in type 2 diabetes. Now there’s also a new Japanese study showing the same thing.
I was going to write about it, but Dr. Anders Tengblad beat me to it:
DiabetesDoc: Low-Carb in Japan (Google translated from Swedish)
Excerpt from Dr. Tengblad’s post:
The study monitored calorie intake and discovered that despite that the subjects in the low-carb group were not calorie-restricted, they still didn’t consume more calories. The authors also calculated correlations between changes in calories and changes in the amount of carbohydrate, and found that the amount of calories was associated with weight change, while the amount of carbohydrate was associated with blood sugar control. Thus, a low-carb diet is not just a weight-loss diet, but independently of weight, also a way to control blood sugar. Obvious, you might think. But it still has to be established.
A third interesting aspect is that the authors made an effort to study the potential impact of changes in diet on arteries. Among other things, they measured arterial stiffness, which i something that’s been speculated to be negatively impacted by a high-fat diet. In the Japanese study, no adverse effects from a low-carb diet were observed. The authors conclude, as many previous studies have, that a low-carbohydrate diet is effective and safe.
I wonder what they did about the rice, but the article doesn’t say.
This was a fairly small study, and the results are not new. It’s been shown many times that a low-carb diet improves blood sugar control and lipid profile, especially triglyceride levels, and it’s interesting to see that more and more countries rediscover the old diabetes diet.
Continue Reading →
Last April I received an e-mail from Sameer Pitale in India, and then an updating e-mail in December. Here’s his success story, also including his family’s health and weight improvements. Continue Reading →
I received an e-mail from Tim Malloroy, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 6 months ago. Then he discovered the LCHF diet.
Here’s Tim’s story: Continue Reading →
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