It looks like Norm Robillard may unwittingly be another RS promoter. Despite his warnings for people with GI issues like SIBO to "Avoid resistant starch" (such as per the review of one of his books at http://www.cambridgenaturals.com/wp-...eview.2013.pdf and at Resistant Starch - Friend or Foe? | Digestive Health InstituteDigestive Health Institute), his book Fast Track Digestion-Heartburn (http://www.cambridgenaturals.com/wp-...eview.2013.pdf) reportedly recommends multiple foods that contain significant RS or the bacteria that feed on RS. For example, it reportedly recommends jasmine long grain rice, which is higher in RS than medium and short grain rice (Resistant starch content of rice varies with rice variety but not cooking method -- Stewart and Manglicmot 24 (1): 922.9 -- The FASEB Journal, http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/22/3/372.pdf), buckwheat that is high in RS (BUCKWHEAT MIRACLE FOOD), specifies Yukon gold potatoes that contain just as much RS as the more common Russet potato (Resistant starch content of potatoes varies significantly by preparation and service method), and recommends miso that contains RS-eating bacteria (What Probiotics Does Miso Contain? | LIVESTRONG.COM). Could his readers be benefitting because they are INCREASING their intake of RS and other prebiotics and RS-eating bacteria by eating jasmine rice, Yukon gold potatoes, buckwheat or miso, instead of decreasing them?
Check out all the starches, prebiotics and probiotics in his alleged overall recommended diet from the above linked book review:
I do wonder how accurate this list is, given that it says "LEGUMES - none" but lists miso. Do you know what his official recommended diet is?MEAT & FISH – all
LEGUMES – none
SOUPS – miso, broth
CRACKERS – rice cakes, crackers
COOKIES – shortbread
FLOUR – buckwheat (i.e., no bread)
RICE – jasmine, Asian sticky
POTATO – waxy, Yukon gold
VEGETABLES – all leaves and stalks, no roots
DAIRY – cream, yogurt, some cheeses: ricotta, cream cheese, brie,
NUTS – almonds, cashews, walnuts
FRUIT – stick with berries
SUGAR, HONEY, etc. -- none
It's odd how each time I look into the claims of critics of RS, where they point me to turns out to support RS. I haven't seen anything like this since the "French paradox" in which scientists asked themselves why French people had low rates of heart disease *despite* their high intakes of saturated fats instead of wondering whether it was *because* of their high intakes.
It's looking to me like Norm might be an easy convert to a positive RS message, given that he has apparently been promoting it all along without knowing it. All that's needed is your patented charm.