Safe Starches: Are they Essential to an Ancestral Diet?

In his book The Perfect Health Diet, Paul Jaminet puts forth a controversial concept known as "safe starches," including white rice, white potatoes, yams and more. He's referring to the lack of toxicity that comes from consuming them within the context of ancestral nutrition. But not everyone agrees these "safe starches" are completely harmless to the people who consume them. We'll explore the potential dangers that these "safe starches" can cause in some people and attempt to come to a consensus about one of the most important topics of discussion over the past year. This panel of prestigious experts includes Jaminet along with three medical doctors who will discuss and debate this idea as an extension of the conversation that first began at Jimmy Moore's "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog in a post entitled "Is There Any Such Thing As ‘Safe Starches’ On A Low-Carb Diet?" on October 6, 2011.

Paul Jaminet, Ph.D.
Paul Jaminet, Ph.D., is the author with his wife Shou-Ching of Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life and blogs at A former astrophysicist and entrepreneur, Paul turned to diet to repair his own health, and now seeks to share what he’s learned.

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac.
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a practitioner of integrative medicine and the creator of, a popular blog and podcast challenging mainstream myths on nutrition, health and disease. He has a private practice in Berkeley, CA and consults with patients around the world via telephone and Skype.

Ron Rosedale, M.D.
Ron Rosedale M.D. is an internationally known expert in nutrition, aging, and metabolic medicine. His now famous lectures on insulin nearly 20 years ago foretold of its importance to the chronic diseases and aging. He has done the same for the hormone leptin with his book “The Rosedale Diet”.

Catherine Shanahan, M.D.
Catherine Shanahan is a board certified Family Medicine physician and author of PaleoDiet for Dummies (August 2012) and the underground classic Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Her clinical practice in Napa, CA reunites medicine with the culinary arts in collaboration with some of the best chefs in the world.

Jimmy Moore
Jimmy Moore quickly became an overnight Internet sensation following his incredible triple-digit low-carb weight loss success in 2004. From his relentless work on the top-rated ""Livin' La Vida Low-Carb"" blog to the hundreds of highly-respected guests who have appeared on his podcast ""The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,"" Jimmy is a steady voice of reason in an ever-increasing sea of diet insanity.

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