There are two forms of food starch: amylose and amylopectin.
Amylopectin is broken down in the intestine and absorbed more rapidly
into the blood than is amylose. Here's a very simple description of an
amylose-free diet for weight loss:
"Amylose-free diet involved avoiding vegetables that grow underground,
bananas, or foods enriched with maltodextrins or corn syrup, or foods
made from wheat, rice, rye, barley, and oats."
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One of the best ways to determine whether or not a food is high in
amylose is to use the Glycemic Index:
"The higher the amylose content, the lower the Glycemic Index."
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"The amylose/amylopectin ratio can lead to different glucose/insulin
response. High amylose is usually associated with low Glycemic Index
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Thus, if you want to avoid amylose, you will want to eat foods which
have a high Glycemic Index, and avoid foods with a low Glycemic Index
(the opposite is true of most diabetics, who also use this index in
planning their food intake.)
Here are some highly detailed lists of foods and their Glycemic
Indexes that should be helpful to you in planning your diet. Remember,
*high* numbers mean *low* amylose:
Glycemic Index Lists
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