I’ve just had a brief look at Dr. Harris’ newest post and I feel the information is important to share. Down at number 7 on his list of diet essentials, he says:
Plant storage organs like potatoes and sweet potatoes are nutrient laden and well tolerated by most people. Bananas and plantains are convenient starchy fruits. The soluble fiber in all these starchy foods is very likely beneficial, unlike the insoluble fiber in bran.
I think this is good news; it is probably what a lot of us “cheat” on occasionally anyway. At least I do. I just make sure I smother the potatoes in butter or sour cream.
And then in number 11 he adds this:
You won’t get too much fructose eating reasonable quantities of fruit, but don’t make it your staple. Most modern fruits aren’t really just bags of sugar. That was hyperbole, folks, a rhetorical technique. Bananas rich in starch and citrus fruits are preferred. Don’t go nuts with watermelon and agave, which are nearly pure fructose. Beware stone fruits like peaches and apricots if you have IBS – the polyols are fermented in your colon.
A diet based on beef and potatoes is healthier than one based on granny smiths or 30 bananas.
The complete “Archevore Diet” is worth reading in its entirety–again–so I am including the link to it here: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/
Let’s remember that we must all do our own “due diligence.” This is science, not witch-craft; learning is a life-time career, right? As Dr. Harris says:
So eat what you want. This is simply free advice that has worked very well for me and at least hundreds of patients and readers. I’m not trying to save the world, as I find it generally does not want saving.
My two-cents’ worth for this lovely Friday.