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through his own graphical representation of what he promotes as The Perfect Health Diet: My primary concern with what Jaminet has come up with here is this promotion of starches as something that is “safe.” In a perfect world where the modern-day food system hasn’t been compromised, consumption of unnatural additives and chemicals in foods isn’t the norm, and obesity, diabetes and chronic disease is virtually nil, then perhaps there would be merit to the idea of “safe starches.” But for anyone who has been morbidly obese like I was once weighing in at over 400 pounds, diabetic with heart disease like my brother Kevin was, or dealing with a whole myriad of other cardiometabolic health issues, I think it is potentially dangerous to give people like this a virtual green light to consume these foods they hear are “safe” for them to eat.

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It really all boils down to this for me: Why does Jaminet advocate for the consumption of what he describes as “safe starches” when everything about what we seem to know about these foods indicates they are anything but “safe” for most of the population that is metabolically damaged in some form or fashion?

I felt this question was far too important for me to ignore any longer because it goes to the very heart of why I support low-carb nutrition for most people to begin with.

If you give people permission to eat these starches by calling them “safe,” then it can give the false impression that there will be no consequences on their weight and health.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case for everyone. One of the basic principles of the healthy low-carb lifestyle is cutting down on starch and sugar as a means for controlling blood sugar spikes and the associated increase in insulin.

When you consume starchy foods like rice or potatoes, your body breaks them down into simple sugar (glucose) which then raises blood glucose leading to an insulin response to deal with it.

An overabundance of sugar in the blood (whether consumed directly or if the body converts starch into sugar) that goes beyond the needs for energy will then become stored body fat.You know, it kinda defeats the purpose of consuming a carbohydrate-restricted diet for the benefits of controlling blood sugar/insulin levels, right? Atkins has got to be turning over in his grave at the very thought of reintroducing a food into a low-carb diet as “safe” when all indicators show it is anything but.However, this “safe starches” concept has caught on among many of the most prominent members of the Paleo community this year, namely people like Dr.But it’s gonna take a whole lot of convincing, scientific evidence and massive amounts of n=1 stories of people finding success eating white rice, white potatoes, and the like to get me to buy into this notion of “safe starches.”To describe this concept of “safe starches” as controversial is a massive understatement.So many of my fellow low-carbers view the idea of purposely consuming starchy foods on a regular basis as blasphemy.They have combined their efforts to educate the masses about what they have learned about human nutrition through their web site Perfect Health (in fact, you’ll see I have Jaminet’s blog listed on the right-hand side of my blog in “The Best Blogs” section).