203.starch free diet Moderated discussion and help for Food Combining and the Hay diet, Cookery and recipes, Starch or Protein

Re: starch free diet: from Harriet McDonald on 2007-12-03

Hi there, I just came across your posting and as a sufferer of AS I understand the frustration that comes with trying to work out what you can and can't eat!

If you feel you have to eliminate all starch from your diet, the best way to conclusively know if a certain food contains any is to use pure iodine and drop a couple of drops onto the food. If there is starch present, it will turn anywhere from a dark brown to blue-black, depending on the level of starch in it. For oily foods, like peanut butter, it may take a little while for a colour change while it soaks in, but generally it's an instantaneous reaction.

You can get iodine from some pharmacies, but you may have to track down a pharmaceutical company that stocks laboratories and the like.

I find that you have to be careful with fruit and vegetables. If they have been picked and cold stored before they ripen, they will contain lots of starch, whereas a naturally ripened piece of fruit has converted the starch into fructose sugars. For example, I can only eat bananas when they're really ripe, like borderline banana cake material!

Also, coffee is fine, as is tea- neither have starch. I hope this helps!

starch free diet: from joan-patricia parris on 2007-12-28


>> I'm starch intolerant here what i found on the net.


>>the IBS low-starch diet by Carol Sinclair if order on her site it about 22.00 >>canadian dollars.

>>I can finally say the nightmare is over .

>>Good cooking and let me know how it went

starch free diet: from Karen Corliss on 2008-01-19


Did you ever find recipes for starch-free foods? My son also has AS, and it is very difficult cooking for him. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance

Re starch free diet: from heather on 2008-01-26

I agree with Peter, please look into gluten free way of eating before eliminating all starches.

I have RA and have faired alot better by eliminating gluten from my diet. This doesn't mean a bland diet, thankfully rice is acceptable, also quinoa and other grains. I make my own bread from gluten free flours that are readily available. Gluten is a protein in many grains that people are either sensitive or highly allergic to.

Number one grain that is in almost everything is wheat and it will be listed in the ingredients as wheat and sometimes in the form of modified food starch.

If you are not sure what grains to avoid, just google celiac or go to the celiac society website, they will give accurate info on gluten free food. Celiacs are those who suffer terribly with digestive/colon problems and are highly allergic to the gluten in certain grains.

Many people are out there who are suffering from various health problems and are unaware that they could be sensitive to gluten or just to wheat.

Hope you find a solution and feel alot better soon


Re starch free diet: from Ricky on 2008-03-03

I am a competitive Mountainbiker, and was diagnosed with AS over a year ago. After being on ani-inflammetories and painkillers for the previous year once I knew what I had I just researched the hell out of it. I've been starch free (aside from the odd hiccup) for 13 months, and drug free for 12.5.

I tend to mainly eat steak and salad for dinner, lots of homemade yogurt, dried fruit, normal fruit, bacon and eggs (mmmmmm), other egg made things, and various other meats. It's a main pain in the ass with not a massive amount of variety, but it is far far far better than the pain. I enjoy being able to roll over in bed, or to even get out of it. All my muscles work properly (ish). Before, not so much.

I haven't been able to find a good starch free pastry recipe tho, I miss pie more than anything. My hips don't tho, and the bakeries where I live lost a lot of buisness when I stopped eating starch.

I do find tho, due to the limited amount of carbs I can get, that my recovery is slower than it used to be from hard riders and races. But, it's a small sacrifice to pay

Re: starch free diet - cakes: from Boudicca on 2008-03-07

It is possible to have cakes on a totally starch free diet, as long as one uses coconut flour (or ground almonds but coconut is best).

Lemon Drizzle cake for one:

approx: 300 cals

1 egg

2 tbs coconut flour

25g sugar (fructose)

lemon juice (approx half lemon)

1ts lemon essence

(with icing)

icing sugar

lemon juice/essence

add: 100 cals.

mix egg, sugar and lemon essence together; add flour through sieve; mix until consistency is sponge like (add more lemon juice if too stiff).

In a baking tin, put greace proof paper; add the cake mixture; bake in over for 15-25 minutes - put knife in side to check if cooked; if no crumbs come off knife, cake is ready. Take out of oven. Let cool. When ready make icing sugar and pour over.

Other non-starch cakes can be made in same way: for coffee and walnut cake, simply subsitute strong coffee liquid for lemon juice (I use decaf coffee) and add walnuts; for chocolate cake, use water/cocoa powder etc. Experiment. These cakes are great!


Re: starch free diet: from Betsy on 2008-05-13

You can drop Iodine solution on things to find out if they are starchy. If there is starch the iodine turns blue/black

Re: starch free diet onion: from lynda on 2008-07-15

Hope this helps someone please note onions when cooked become starch so stay clear if you are starch resistant raw onion is a different matter so eat your onions raw best of luck

Re: starch free diet: from Jen on 2008-09-20

Hi Esther, and others on Starch fee diet.

I recently read Carole Sinclair's book and it is GREAT. Watch out for baking powder. When tested with iodine it seemed safe at first, but within 5 mins it had gone black. I'm trying a small amount of bicarb of soda instead.

I too didn't find any starch in soya flour but it makes hopeless bread. A lady in a health food store suggested psyllium and also xanthum gum powder to give a better texture but i have no idea of the quantities required. Any ideas out there??

I have been totally starch free for a month now. my IBS is heaps better but i gave in to hip pains and had two cortisone injections as i could no longer stand on my right leg. AHHHHHH the relief!

Cheers, Jen

starch free diet: from Paula on 2008-10-19

Hi. I was wondering if you had had any luck finding some of these recipes. I would love to find some also. I am completely new to this no starch diet and am at a bit of a loss for creative ways to omit starch from obvious foods and recipes.


Paula from Canada

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