Starch Blocker: Low-Carb Diet Help?
The popularity of low-carb diets has coincided with an increase in popularity of starch blockers, which proponents say make low-carb diets doable. But the supplements have their critics.
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"It's probably a lot safer to just eat less starches to start with,"
"This is not the magic bullet," Kava says." If you are always
looking for magic bullet, you are not paying attention to a healthy diet and a
healthy lifestyle." There is no substitute for a well-balanced diet, she
"It's another gimmick, but that's not to say that it can't be
helpful," she says. "It's like using sugar substitutes; they can be
helpful if used appropriately."
New York City physician Fred Pescatore, MD, former medical director of the
Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, is less positive.
"[Starch-blocking] is useless. I have never seen any starch blockers work
and I have seen many in my practice."
If you are craving carbs while you are on a high-protein diet, "eat
whole-grain pasta or whole-grain pancakes, don't resort to white
carbohydrates," he says. "There is a place for healthy carbohydrates in
a low-carbohydrate eating plan, so if you are craving them, have them."
"Just stay away from white pasta and white potatoes and eat whole grains
instead," he says.
Starch-blocking "is like taking one of those pharmaceutical drugs [that
block the absorption of fat] and then you have diarrhea and ruin your
liver," he says.
"It's a nice gimmick, but it doesn't work," he says.