This sounds slightly bogus at first, and against what the carbohydrate-fearing culture believes in.
However, in a new book, “The Starch Solution”, Dr. John McDougall and wife, Mary McDougall, describe how eating specific starches will help to promote optimal wellness and a healthy body weight.
Even Broccoli Contains Carbs
The title of the book is a little misleading.
When the authors say “starches”, they mean plant-based carbohydrates. Don’t forget that every single plant food out there contains some form of carbohydrate.
Those carbohydrates, or starches, may be very small amounts in some plants, but they still exist. The focus is on eating more of a plant-based diet.
No, the McDougall’s do not recommend eating processed carbohydrate products like chips, crackers, or cookies. But, they do allow rice, pancakes, and corn!
Starch Solution Highlights
- Starches to include on the plan: barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, wheat, wild rice, beans, lentils, peas, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, potatoes, salsify (a root vegetable), sweet potatoes, winter squashes, and yams.
- No meat, eggs, dairy: vegan
- Anti-western diet: All of the principles of the book go against the stereotypical Western diet of half a plate (or more) of animal meat, high fat, and small portion of carbohydrates and vegetables.
- Claim this is the “real” Paleolithic diet: The McDougall’s discuss that all major populations were based on starches, and those populations stayed relatively thin and healthy. But, the problem is that these populations were not 100% vegan either.
Just Another Vegan Diet?
The Starch Solution recommends no vegetable oils, even olive oil. No oils should be used for cooking, flavoring, etc.. Other vegan diets do allow plant-based oils.
Portions of meat have grown out of control in about the last 50 years. There is a definite need to reduce meat intake across the world—especially, in the Western world.
A focus on a plant-based diet would help to heal many populations. Therefore, this Starch Solution Diet could help many improve their health. This is mostly due to the focus on high-quality starches and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
What do you think; would you eat a diet based on high-quality starches?
The Starch Solution is available for a discounted price on Amazon.