By current dietary guidelines almost universally starchy foods like rice, cereal, legumes are considered an health food.
Past years health community has acknowledged, that
Its been a different story with starchy root vegetables like potatoes, beets, yams and so on.
Note 1: Starch is a long chain of glucose. Once absorbed in small intestine it is hydrolyzed to monosaccharides and then processed to blood system for absorption by muscle cells, brain, liver and so on.
Note 2: fructose in contrary must be processed and stored by liver.
These root vegetables ar typically propagandized as SUPER HEALTH food by mainstream nutritionists. For example John A. McDougall sometimes calls people “starch eaters” 🙂
Note 3: Monkeys cannot digest starch properly and therefore have to heavily relay on fruits and are forced to live near equator in natural environment. Ability to digest and absorb starch is one of human species evolutionary advantages! Nice mutation, great job evolution!
From anthropological standpoint of course it makes perfect sense. Starches are rich in calories and can be stored for long time. In comparison to hunting and gathering farming is less dangerous and takes less effort in general. By time when people mastered it (Persia, Egypt and others) it gave a huge kick to human development (for example emergence of alphabets, mythologies, pyramids and so on). People got shorter, sicker, with thinner bones and less muscles (look at Egyptian paintings for examples) but populations grow and culture flourished.
For me personalty: I want to be strong and healthy. I am not worried about human race development in general 🙂 And I believe that healthy Maris Dargis will contribute to society more than sick one. Therefore I tried to dig deeper into heath foods and examined Ray Peat analysis on starches.
Conclusion: starches might just not be as good as they are proclaimed and might just be quite dangerous!
For alternative food sources please check this article: Ray Peat diet for Latvian.