What do you paleo hackers think of Free The Animal's www.freetheanimal.com resistant starch experiments?
Richard has prompted dozens of people to experiment with different levels of resistant starch to promote almost instant gut health. N=1's have shown reports of better sleep, better cholesterol, better blood glucose control, better bowel movements, and better stamina. The secret seems to lie in the resistant starch. It clinically improves insulin sensitivity and absorption of magnesium while bolstering gut microbes, who in turn produce butyrate and Vit K2. The gut microbes also are credited with producing optimal levels of serotonin which results in the best sleep possible and a more regulated use of glucose preventing nighttime gluconeogensis and a cortisol awakening event.
His recommendations for RS are green bananas, legumes, corn tortillas and straight raw potato starch if you really want to boost RS levels.
Is he on to something? Or just another dead-end?
There's like 10 parts to this series, here's the latest two: http://freetheanimal.com/2013/07/the-fta-resistant-starch-trial-n75.html#comment-950714591 http://freetheanimal.com/2013/06/resistant-starch-now-we%E2%80%99re-getting-somewhere-part-2-35-links-to-research.html
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on July 04, 2013
at 04:26 PM
Not that i have anything against resistant starch but is there any point to it? Is it not just effectively the same as fiber? Maybe a benefit to peoples who eat lots of starch but not much fiber etc.
Does resistant starch act as a prebiotic/fiber? If so are there not better sources of prebiotics/fiber than the above mentioned food sources? Is there really any need to eat unripe bananas or raw potato?
I know there is a connection between fiber/prebiotics/gut flora and Serotonin and Melatonin but it works both ways i think and this protocol could also end up achieving the opposite to what is wanted. Something to do with interfering with Tryptophan uptake etc, which is invovled with said Serotonin and Melatonin.
People with malabsorption disorders and similar, such as the above person who is FODMAPS-intolerant, i think end up having "too much" gut-flora or too much of the wrong types anyway, so giving them more substrate isn't a good thing. As far as i am aware it is very difficult to target "good" bacteria/gut-flora rather than "bad" bacteria.
I think this is why some people report success with probiotics/prebiotics and some don't. I am almost certain i have too much of the not so great gut-flora happily using me as a home and getting them to leave peacefully seems to be very difficult. Starving them without starving myself doesn't really work and i don't really want to get the heavy handed bailiffs in either [antibiotics]. I ate cabbage last night and those little critters have been on a massive bender ever since, you think they would tire out eventually.
That all being said no doubt this will work for some people, just seems a long winded/unnecessary way of going around things.
on July 04, 2013
at 12:00 PM
Yesterday I just saw a similar thing from another blogger. I read about his bio and he seems to be gone through some many diets, supps, health issues, etc that I found it to be of some credit.
Will have a look at all this when I can, I think they might have a point. At least is worth knowing about.
on July 03, 2013
at 09:48 PM
Meh. I'm sure just about any hack will help some folks.
I experience the same benefits listed above on a ketogenic diet with almost no fiber.
Since I am FODMAPS-intolerant, it works for me.
Peter @ Hyperlipid has some interesting blog posts about fiber/resistant starch and gut bacteria: