5 thoughts on “Interviewed on Just Tap the Glass

  1. LCNana

    Good interview, Tom, but too short!! I could read your blather all day!

    By the way, you’ve probably been too busy with your presentation prep, but when you come up for air, check out Free the Animal – Richard is knee-deep in potatoes these days – experimenting with adding more safe starch to his regime. Interesting, as he seems to be buying into the satiety/reward position of Stephen Guyenet – which position I must admit I simply cannot get my head around. Have you been able to make sense of the debate going on between the Taubes camp and the Guyenet folks?

    It can get a bit confusing, but I’m wondering if each of us simply has to wade through the different ideas to find what fits by self-experimentation, and go with that. You might post on your opinion once you have time eh?

    I am still under water on the presentation (this 40-hour workweek thing is rather inconvenient at times), but I’ll check up on the potato-eaters.

  2. Howard

    I went over to Tap The Glass and left a comment promoting the upcoming low-carb cruise. I look forward to seeing you again in May, and I hope that I again have the enormous pleasure of joining you for one of the dinners. I’m also planning to see your pre-cruise ‘roast’ (low-carb, no doubt :).

    Looking forward to seeing you and Georgene again too.

  3. Ash Simmonds

    @LCNana – On a rational level the satiety index and reward stuff makes sense, the thing is starchy foods are high on the satiety and low on reward which is how you can eat them and not want excess, however fatty steak is both high on satiety AND reward, way more nutritious and delicious, why would I swap that for a spud?

  4. Erik

    My personal opinion is that potatoes are probably beneficial sources of nutrients, not merely empty starch calories, and probably belong in a primal diet. As evidence, I would point to the fact that potatoes contain enormous amounts of potassium and other nutrients which are commonly found in nutritious produce. As for the primal diet, it’s very common for indigenous peoples to eat root vegetables.

    On the satiety front, there was a classic study in the 1980’s of several dozen foods conducted in Australia by Susanna Holt. Boiled potatoes were found to be the most satiating food for a 200 calorie serving. Fish, chicken, beef, eggs and other quality protein sources also fared well.

    French fries didn’t do as well, but they were still comparable to white bread.

    Among starches, the ones that seemed to do best were hot and gloppy. Oatmeal did well, but dry cereal did not. Brown pasta did well but white pasta did not.

    Personally, the potatoes I find to be the most filling are fingerling potatoes which are boiled and eaten with the skins on. Or, leftover potatoes which are chopped and reheated in a broth, like vegetable soup. The least satiating form of potato for me would be potato chips. With starch, I think that things like temperature and texture really matter. Even with non-starchy vegetables, I find hot, steamed vegetables more filling than cold vegetables.

    When dealing with satiety, I think it’s important to conduct your own experiments and see what works for you. I think some people are more likely to be satiated by certain foods, while others will be hungry after eating those same foods.


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