On this episode of Healthytarian Living, host Evita Ochel features special guest Dr. John McDougall in a dialogue about the role of starch for our health and weight.

Dr. McDougall is a physician and nutrition expert with over 30 years of experience with respect to the effects of nutrition on disease and better health through vegetarian cuisine. He is the founder and director of the the nationally renowned McDougall Program and McDougall Health and Medical Center. Dr. McDougall is also the author of several books, including his latest The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!

General topics covered in the video include:

  1. Dr. McDougall shares a summary of his approach to optimal nutrition. (1:18)

    • an explanation of food poisoning that most people suffer from
    • Dr. McDougall’s free food poisoning e-book
    • specific foods that should be avoided
    • specific foods that should be consumed
    • a historical overview of the success and evolution of various human civilizations and their diets
  2. Understanding starches and their health benefits. (7:53)

    • the role of starches in the human diet and history
    • why we moved away from starches
    • how human behaviors like sexism and greed influenced how we see and understand our dietary history
  3. Understanding the glycemic index and its effect on how we see starches. (20:20)

  4. Understanding nutritive or digestive disruptors of some starches. (26:53)

    • phytic acid
    • gluten (28:15)
  5. The preventative potential of starches for chronic diseases. (32:06)

    • cancer
    • heart disease (36:15)
    • the problem with nutrition education
    • the problem with the media in spreading misleading or false information
  6. Understanding moderation and why it does not work for optimal health. (42:55)

    • the health benefits of starch-based eating

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Books by Dr. John McDougall