Another one is on board to check it out and this is good:
My friend Richard Nikoley over at Free the Animal has blown the doors off the Paleo community recently with an amazing series of posts on something called resistant starch. If you are not familiar with Richard’s work, he’s a little crazy. As in totally willing to go on an all milk and kefir diet for a whole month. Or willing to experience crazy amounts of intestinal gas to test the effects of lots of potato flour on his blood glucose. He’s discovered some cool stuff, and Mark Sisson and Chris Kresser picked it up. Now it’s all over the paleo world.
Once I got wind, here’s what I said and meant in comments:
Dave, I’ve idly thought from time to time that you would find this irresistible as a hack.
The comment thread is kind of amusing. Apparently, because I said some bad words to judge and characterize certain individuals, it’s very, very bad that Dave had the audacity to link up this totally unrelated work. I guess it’s tainted, and so when I say xyz, it means something different than when a pure individual says xyz. That hundreds of people have commented about great individual results in about a dozen posts about resistant starch doesn’t matter. I’ll just grin and show you the last comment, dashing in just a few ago, and are representative of so many since last April.
Richard, Tatertot, Grace and others,
Thanks for all you’ve done and please count these results in your tally:
As a PB low carber, I lost 25 lbs. and cured reactive hypoglycemia. However, when I hit my ideal weight last summer, the chronic insomnia (2 am to 6 am) and “slow digestion” kicked in severely. Tested positively for SIBO, just as I was discovering your research. Instead of antibiotics, I am two weeks into RS, Phsyllium powder, green ORAC powder with Prescript assist SBO’s everyday. Also making sure I get a serving of either reheated potato or rice daily, with my usual fermented foods.
Drumroll now?:) So far my “slow digestion” has gone from twice per week (sometimes 5 days in between), to everyday or at least every other day. I’m sleeping soundly from 10 pm until 4:30 or 5, right before the alarm goes off. These miracles happened after the the second week of the RS “treatment”, so I want to encourage people to give it enough time. I’ll update if anything else changes. I have plenty of stinky gas as expected, but hopeful that the good bugs will win and that will stop the smell.
I am curious if anyone has considered making an e-book or something to compile all of the information you have gathered? I know other people with SIBO and I would like to share this info, but it is so spread out and maybe a little daunting for people not even familiar with paleo. Just a thought.
This is actually a cool way to get panties in a bunch, wouldn’t you say? Nothing like bunched up panties. Because as I always say, from a friend years back: “I’m not happy unless you’re not happy.”
Final note, Dave still has potato flour linked up instead of starch, which could spell disaster. I’ve tried to contact him to correct it. I’m sure he will. But: Bob’s Potato Flour and Bob’s Potato Starch are completely different things. The former is simply eating dried mashed potatoes and will give you the same glucose spike. The later is the RS granules extracted from a simple process of raw potato slurry that’s sieved to extract the starch granules. Taking that will not affect blood glucose, will blunt glucose spikes when other, rapidly digesting starch is eaten, and it will lower your fasting blog glucose significantly—and probably make you sleep and poop better, among a few other things.
I’m sure Dave will find a way for it to improve shaving.
To get caught up on all things RS, here’s the collection.