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Starch Solution Diet

Dr McDougall’s program is best described as a starch-based diet with the addition of fruits and vegetables. His program is suited for various health issues with his “It’s the food!” message. He teaches that once we stop poisoning ourselves with rich foods like vegetable oils and animal products, our bodies are able to heal and thrive. He doesn’t exclude salt or sugar because he wants whole, plant-based foods to be very palatable so that people will stick to it for good. Also, this diet is excellent for people on a budget. 


Foods eaten for the starch solution diet are:


  • Potatoes, potatoes, and potatoes. Did I mention potatoes?

  • Starches like corn, brown rice, whole wheat, hulled barley, buckwheat, teff, amaranth, quinoa, millet and more. Mostly eat them in whole intact form, but some processed versions are included occasionally.

  • Vegetables in all colors, starchy or non-starchy.

  • Fruits are not seen as a staple but rather as a dessert or addition to a meal, eating about 2-3 servings daily.

  • High-fat plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados are discouraged and would only be eaten by healthy people in small amounts.

  • No added oils such as vegetable oils, olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil.

  • Iodized salt and sugar in limited moderation.


Cookhouse Hero asks you to consider this: Variety is the spice of life, so eating potatoes and starches as a primary food group can be challenging and may be limiting for some people. However, starches have been keeping people healthy and alive for all of human history (until we started eating like queens and kings). Keep in mind that potatoes are higher on the glycemic scales, although boiling sweet potatoes for 30+ minutes significantly lowers their glycemic index (they're a highly recommended food hero, too). Dr McDougall's no-nonsense approach and outspoken POV are refreshing. We need more ground-breaking, truth-telling, badass advocates like him.

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