Ok, starch-worshippers, I don't care how many times you've read McDougal's book. Starches ARE NOT AS HEALTHY as fruit. "They have vitamin C and vitamins and minerals." So what? Fruit has all those things. Fruit has a lot MORE of those things. Fruit is a lot easier to digest. Fruit doesn't have to be cooked. When you cook starches, you are destroying a good portion of your precious inferior starch arsenal of "vitamins and minerals". Try to tell me that starches aren't harder to digest and that cooking doesn't destroy minerals and dextrinize carbohydrates, or try to tell me that starches are digestible in their raw form i.e. before much of the starch content (complex carb) being converted to simple carbs via application of heat. I might just facepalm and if you're lucky, I'll dignify you with a chuckle.
Humans have amylase, both salivary and elsewhere. This must mean that we evolved digging for tubers, right? Or it could mean we evolved eating fruit, like citrus that have pith which is starch, or many other fruits that, when slightly underripe, contain starch (and even some when ripe.) Or, it could mean absolutely nothing. Well, it has to mean something, since nature doesn't give us enzymes for no reason. Whatever we ate a million years ago, it had to have been something that we could have digested before we learned how to cook. Don't respond until you've eaten a meal of raw sweet potatoes every day for a week.
Anyways, fruit is easier to digest and has more vitamins and minerals than raw OR cooked starches. Save the sales pitch for McDougal's forums.
Starches ARE NOT AS HEALTHY as fruit.
Thank you! All starches do for me is lower my mood and energy, decrease my stamina, increase mucus and bad breath, etc. If you want better than average health eat starch. If you want AWESOME health eat fruit.
Mucus is a big problem for me too, especially when I eat grain, but also with other starchy foods!
There is no comparison between fruit and starch!
I say a similar story,
Want to survive a short life? Eat SAD.
Want a to live a mediocre life and to a medium age, like 76ish? Eat starch.
Want to thrive and live to be 150, eat low fat raw fruit and tender leafy greens:D)))
+10,000 Peter C;D
You are so correct. Amylase may serve as a survival enzyme in the digestion of fruits not completely ripened.
It may also play a role in breaking down the body's emergency stores of glycogen, and in breaking down dead leukocytes. If we eat too many cooked starches, meaning foods that are not raw and have had their enzyme content depleted, the body has to draw on its own amylase blood supplies. Short term, this is ok for a survival mechanism. Long term, it may cause skin ulcerations, infections, and other degenerative conditions.
What's with people and starches?