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

Re: starch free diet: from Amy on 2007-06-26

Hi i have a friend who is starch free she camer over for dinner that i cooked just for her the other night and this is an EASY way to tell if the food you are eating contains starch.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Iodine !!!!!!!!

Take food to be tested and put aside into a small plate. Drop a drop of Iodine on the food and presto!!! If the food turns black it contains starch! Try a potatoe to see exactly what your looking for and then try it with everytihing in the kitchen.

Re: starch free diet: from Rae on 2007-07-09

my husband has been suffering severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea for years now. every time we go to the drs they are amazed and cant seem to diagnose his problem. his reaction to certain foods occurs 12-24 hours and often lasts half a day. he is constantly on the toilet and it is really beginning to affect his mood and worklife.a new symptom is eczema on the inside of his legs.the foods he has reactions to that we have identified are potatoes, rice and pasta, also gravy and fizzy drinks.if i boil the starch out of the poatoes and rice he is ok, but if this doesnt happen and he eats these foods prepared another way eg roasted or steamed he will be sick. please suggest ways we can avoid these problems.


Re: starch free diet: from Kary on 2007-07-18

I am a diabetic with an allergy to all grains. Recently, I found a book by Bruce Fife,N.D. called Cooking with Coconut Flour. Although not everything tastes the same as wheat products, the cake recipes are delicious. Hope this is useful.

Re: starch free: from Michelle on 2007-08-11

I notice one of your answers for starch free diets contains peanut butter. My husband has A.S. and is on a starch free diet and the only nuts he can eat are blanched almonds. How high are peanuts in starch?

His condition is called ankolosing spondylitis (please forgive my spelling error!) And we have found the starch free diet to be the best thing we have tried. Although it is getting very tedious after 12 months, but he figures it is worth it as he has been almost pain free for the first time in a decade.

Do you have any ideas to share? Anything you think might help. I think the hardest part for him is that treats are limited because of food additives like vegetable gums and soy lecithin are two I can think of . Michelle

Re: starch free: from Ebringer A; Wilson C Source Clinical rheumatology on 2007-08-11

peanut butter contains 4.79\% starch

The paper that suggested the use of a low starch diet (or reduced starch diet) dates from 1996. The use of a low starch diet in the treatment of patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis.
1996 Jan; 15 Suppl 1: 62-66
I have located one further paper that is more recent.

A possible link between Crohn's disease and ankylosing spondylitis via Klebsiella infections.
Source: Clinical rheumatology (Clin Rheumatol) 2007 Mar; 26(3): 289-97
This paper also suggest a low starch diet.

Note that neither of these are suggesting zero starch in the diet.

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

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