One of the issues that’s been in the background but more common recently is the issue of why resistant starch? What’s so special? We have other prebiotics and can’t we just use them?
I’m not a physicist but RESISTANT STARCH are DNA shaped carbs. Does that make quantum sense? The energetics and molecular shapes are extraordinary. I don’t get it completely, but I know it’s inherently what sets it apart from ordinary non starch polysaccharides and obviously glucose, fructose, fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPS)…and our own endogenously produced fuctose which we make on the tips of our microvilli for the microcritters to graze on when food is lacking (between meals? when our genotypes fail to dictate like I’m FUT2(-/-) non-secretor).
The oligosacs prebiotics are NOTHING IN COMPARISON to double helices of amylose + amylopectin. And our co-evolved dirt based creatures that live in our gut know that. They ride these dirt-covered tubers and whole grains as spores or live bacteria; they traverse—protected like nomads on their camels or horses across the harsh desert terrain (pH2, gastric acid, pepsin, trypsin, enzyme breakdown, harsh bile acids, detergents threaten)—then finally arrive to the large intestines which, lacking in oxygen like the moon, is teaming with their desert tribes, synbionts, many lifeforms and co-feeders, grazing grounds, water and lush food everywhere…. After feasting, they go back to the soil, to their home, returning to their dirt tribes and land of roots, shoots, and moist dirt until the next generation’s journey. It’s a circle, no?
Resistant Starch—A Review
M.G. Sajilata, Rekha S. Singhal, and Pushpa R. Kulkarni
It’s a food science article with great visual diagrams. Richard put up an electron micrograph earlier of the bugs which ‘ride’ the starch granules, much like exotic Arabian knights…LOL. OK Lawrence of Arabia movie over.
Ok, go chew on that review and try to get over the notion that resistant starch can be replaced by just eating butter, or onions and garlic. They are very special.
Also, please check out Dr. BG’s 7-Step Protocol for curing Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): How To Cure SIBO, Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth: Dr. BG’s 7-Steps Paleo* Gastro IQ SIBO Protocol. That’s the first post (Nov 9, 2013) and just keep moving forward. Step 7 was just posted on Dec 5, 2013).