Are there Scientifically Validated Reasons to Avoid Eating Starchy Food?

In Dr. Norman W. Walker’s book ‘Become Younger’, he claims the body cannot utilize starch, that starch is not water-soluble. So, does that mean we shouldn’t eat potatoes and grains like rice, etc.? It very well could mean that for superior health we may want to limit or stop eating starchy foods altogether.

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Apparently, Dr. Walker had opened the Norwalk Laboratories of Health Research in 1910. It is said his research into the health benefits of raw vegetable and fruit juices is what prompted him to begin production of his own hydraulic press juicer.

The original model he invented was the Norwalk Triturator Hydraulic Press Juicer. Design improvements have been made to the machine since then. Although, I have read many of Dr. Walker’s books in the past through many years about the health benefits of juicing, but I do not currently have them in my possession.

‘I found that, as the starch molecule is not soluble in water, it travels through the blood and lymph streams as a solid molecule which the cells, tissues and glands of the body cannot utilize. Therefore the body tries to expel it. As the eliminative organs become afflicted with an accumulation of these molecules as a lining of their walls, like plaster on the walls of a room, they cannot be expelled through these channels. The next best means of exit is through the pores of the skin and so we have pimples. Here again Nature has provided us with help. Germs propagate more freely on starchy matter than on almost any other. Consequently they help us by breaking down an accumulation of starch molecules into pus substances which are more easily expelled through the skin, and so we have the genesis of the pimple [1 Book Title Become younger: tune your mind and body Book Publisher Norwalk Publication Year 2009]’.

Everything else I’ve read on starch points to health benefits of eating resistant starch foods like potatoes, rice and beans avoiding sugary drinks, candy, jams, jellies and added sugar refined grain snack and junk food like cakes, cookies, chips and crackers, etc..

Your body turns carbohydrates into a sugar called glucose. This raises your blood sugar or blood glucose level. But, the problem is when bad carbs spike your blood sugar too quickly. Highs and lows over time is not healthy.

‘Starches are many glucose units linked together. Grains, legumes, and vegetables provide starch in the diet. Most starches are broken down to sugars by digestive enzymes, but some starches, such as those in legumes and whole grains, escape digestion [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3650507/]’.

There have been claims Dr. Norman Walker lived well beyond 100 years, but it has been said he instead had lived to age 99.

‘Controversial academic title claims…
Several of Walker’s books mention him having a DSc degree and the title page of his book Colon Health even mentions him as having a PhD as well. However, no mention is made as to where and when he actually earned or was awarded these academic titles [3 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_W._Walker]’.

Modern day reputable nutrition sources suggest we eat varieties of whole fruits and vegetables, including starchy tubers and legumes, grains, nuts and seeds.

‘Most foods that contain carbohydrates are nutritious and are an important part of a healthy diet. The goal is not to limit carbohydrates in the diet completely, but to make sure that you are not eating too many. Eating a regular amount of carbohydrates throughout the day can help keep your blood sugar level steady [4 medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000321.htm]’.

Source- 1 Book Title Become younger: tune your mind and body
Book Publisher Norwalk
Publication Year 2009

2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3650507/ Article Title Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, and Resistant Starch in White Vegetables: Links to Health Outcomes Date Published Published online 2013 May 6

3 URL en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_W._Walker
Website Title Wikipedia
Article Title Norman W. Walker
Date Published April 01, 2018
Date Accessed November 25, 2018

4 URL medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000321.htm
Website Title MedlinePlus
Article Title Counting carbohydrates: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Date Accessed November 29, 2018

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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