The No-amylose Diet

Posted on December 21st, 2010
Dr. Shoemaker’s No-amylose Diet is featured on the www.livestrong.com Blog!

The concept of the no-amylose diet is to eliminate foods that contain a high concentration of amylose, an enzyme found in human saliva that initiates the digestion and conversion of starch into sugar. Basically, going amylose-free means shunning wheat and other cereal grains because they contain high amounts of this enzyme. However, lean meats, many vegetables and most fruits are allowed, making it easy to choose a wide variety of foods and still lose weight.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/335261-the-no-amylose-diet/#ixzz18n8hXyTi

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7 Responses to The No-amylose Diet

  1. Dwight Morgan says:

    This article from Livestrong.com has some errors which may mislead the reader.

    The first two sentences need to be corrected.

    The two sentences should read something like the following:

    “The concept of the no-amylose diet is to eliminate foods that contain a high concentration of amylose, A COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATE. Basically, going amylose-free means shunning wheat and other cereal grains because they contain high amounts of this CARBOHYDRATE. (CAPITALS ADDED TO SHOW CHANGES FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE).

    The author was basically confused between amylose and amylase, a common area of confusion!

    Amylose is the complex carbohydrate (think starch), and amylase is the enzyme used to digest the amylose.

    Basic biochem: -ose endings denote carbohydrates, -ase endings are used to identify enzymes (which are usually proteins).

  2. Jennifer says:

    I cannot find a complete list of foods that are amylose-free (or even a list of foods with amylose). I’ve been having to search each food item one at a time, trying to find information on wheter it contains amylose or not. Has anyone found a list yet? For example, sweet rice apparently contains no amylose; leeks do; and I can’t find information on mushrooms, yet.

  3. Marcia Fish says:

    mushrooms are a fungus which grows in damp places. I would stay away from them unless they are in a jar.

  4. jennifer says:

    this may be a stupid question but i am also having trouble finding what i can and cant have so is regular sugar ok or should a substitute be used?

  5. barry says:

    I lost 50 lb on this diet in 10 months. I had an intestinal Candida : anal fissures, constipation, deverticulitis, bleeding hemorrhoids and level 10 pain for 2 years and now are completely cured from this diet. I still practice it to a lesser degree now 6 years later,

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