The Starch Solution aka Starch Diet: What You Eat, What You Don’t, and Why




The Starch Solution is a nutrition/diet book written by Dr. John McDougall that was published in 2012. However, it has recently regained popularity and it is stirring up some controversy in the world of nutrition. Some people call the eating plan “the starch diet,” although starches aren’t the only foods eaten on this diet plan. Read on to find learn about foods that The Starch Solution author recommends that everyone eat to stay in good health, ward off disease, and lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, and just as importantly, why.

 How the Starch Solution Diet Was Developed

The author of the diet book, Dr. McDougall, has had the unique opportunity as a career MD (yes, he is a real medical doctor) to work closely with patients suffering from all types of disease. He has also traveled the world and, over the years, has developed close relationships with doctors practicing in many other countries.

During his travels and relationships with other medical doctors in less disease-ridden countries, he noticed one trend throughout the populations of healthier people in these nations – they ate diets based mainly of starches, little to no animal products, and fairly little fat.

However, he didn’t develop his dietary recommendations based on just this fact. As a doctor, he has also participated in many dietary research studies and has more extensive access to studies conducted by other scientist and medical professionals.

He has found that much, if not most, of the research that backs today’s typical dietary recommendations were either misinterpreted or intentionally misrepresented to suit the interests of large corporations and food lobbyists with only profits in mind and not the health of public. The author has also taken part in many studies that revealed just the opposite of what the skewed studies suggest only to have the research brushed off due to it clashing with corporate interest.

The Starch Solution Diet Recommendations

What The Author of the Starch Solution Says You Should Eat

As suggested by the title of his book The Starch Solution, Dr. McDougall recommends that a large part of a healthy diet should be starches – potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, barley, oatmeal, buckwheat, etc. He also consider beans and lentils healthy starch-based foods.

He also believes that some vegetables and fruits should be eaten to obtain the few nutrients lacking in starches.

While the doctor does suggest a diet relatively low in fat, he does think that small amounts of nuts, seeds, coconut meat, avocados, and other fat-filled plant foods can play a role in a healthy diet.

What Dr. McDougall Believes You Should Not Eat and Why

Not surprisingly, this honest doctor doesn’t advise the consumption of animal meat, eggs, or dairy products that have been proven time and time again to cause disease.

However, one food he also believes is unhealthy surprises many people, and that is oil of any type. Yes, he believes that all oils, even coconut oil and flax oil, should not be added to your foods. However, as stated above, he is not against eating the whole vegetables and fruits the oils are extracted from.

Why does Dr. McDougall think that it is unhealthy to consume any processed oil? It is hard to argue with his belief that the fact that Americans and people of many other obesity-plagued nations do not need this super-concentrated source of calories in their diets.

However, obesity is not the only reason he says to abstain from oil – he has participated in many animal studies where animals fed oil developed tumors and those not fed oil did not.

The Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall is regaining popularity as millions of people are realizing that the SAD, or Standard American Diet, is a path to obesity, disease, and a miserable life. Read more about the Doctor’s recommendations on his website (there are great videos where he answers common questions) and comment below if you plan to try the starch diet!

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