starch-based foods are a fall-back food at best. how could it be otherwise, when starch is tasteless, and all starchy foods must be embellished by salt herbs, spices fats, etc. surely starch on its own would taste amazing if we were "starchivores", like mcdougal claims. it seems ridiculous then for anyone to defend this claim.
any opinions on starch rotting on your tonsils, in your throat and in your stomach causing bad breath? http://www.curezone.org/faq/q.asp?a=3,85&q=352.
could mucus production triggering the common cold result from rotting starch stuck onto the walls of the stomach, that the body periodically mobilizes itself to eliminate through mucus expelled through the mouth and nose. could coughing up mucus during a cold be the result of mucus originating from the stomach that is pushed up through the esophagus and leaks into the trachea?
the starch molecule itself is indeed tasteless. doug graham's claim is not bollocks. yes plain potatoes do have some flavour, albeit not at all impressive when compared to ripe fruit. any flavour present in potatoes and other starch-based foods is due to other components of those foods, not the starch molecule itself, and also due to the maillard reactions that occur during heating, many of which are unstudied, and some of which produce toxic byproducts. in fact some of these toxic byproducts, like acrylamides, actually taste good, produced during the browning of baked potatoes, and found in the golden crust of bread. it's as if your tongue is deceived by the cooking process into thinking that what you're eating is healthy.
Its funny that you mention the acrylamides are found in the golden crust of bread, and that they acctually taste good. When I was a kid, my favorite part of the sandwich where the crust. In fact, sometimes i only ate the crust and left the rest of the bread.
I agree that starches should only be a back up plan. While I acctually quite enjoy the taste of rice & sweet potatoes, there's no doubt that its no where near as good as fruit. I personally do Raw till 4 because I live in norway, and its hard and expensive to get high quality fruits and leafy greens here.
cardboard has a taste, but i wouldn't eat it, because its taste is extraordinarily inferior to that of properly grown ripe fruit.
grains, virtually tasteless. yams become sweet upon cooking so those are good, somewhat likewise with squashes and pumpkins. potatoes, somewhat of a taste, but due to other components and often toxic maillard reactions, not the starch itself, since the starch molecule is indeed tasteless. legumes vary greatly in their taste, but their taste seems to be largely umami, probably due to their high protein content, the same taste found in certain high protein edible leaves.
I don't have any symptoms from starched like sweet potato, corn pasta, rice, etc... I love the rawtill4 lifestyle <3
I don't think anyone is arguing that fruits are far superior to any other for of nutrition including starches, it's just unless your living in an area where fruit is abundant or your one of the elite it isn't sustainable to eat fruit exclusively.
I live in the U.K and this winter I've had to eat starches, even bananas don't really ripen properly in the winter and i can't just live on them i need variety as do we all, i like to be very active (running/cycling etc) which is just as important as what you eat btw and i couldn't be on what little fruit is available.
I do feel amazing on fruit though, the longest i sustained it for was a couple of weeks and then eventually I've had to resort to starches for calories, i always feel "a comedown" of some sort, you do feel as you have lost that buzz you get of fully raw. It's a shame but it just isn't doable day in day out unless you move to a more accommodating environment for this way of living and i'm sure everyone feels the same way, we all want to be our true frugivore selves.