Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the benefits and risks of taking statins to lower high cholesterol?

Although statins can benefit those high risk patients with significant history of coronary disease; for the majority of patients, a Starch Smart diet proves to be just as effective at lowering cholesterol. High risk patients that would benefit from statin lowering medications are those that have had a previous heart attack, stroke, or an angioplasty...
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Do I need to supplement vitamin B12?

It is recommended that most adults take a 500 mcg sublingual daily, or take 1,000 mcg swallowed, to ensure that they don't develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Nutritional yeast and enriched non-dairy milks do have B12, but the amount may not be sufficient for those with absorption issues, or for those over age 50, or...
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What should my cholesterol numbers be?

Unfortunately, most physicians today still consider a "normal cholesterol" level to be under 200. The average American's cholesterol is 210-220. However, these levels predict a 50% chance of dying prematurely from strokes or heart attacks due to atherosclerosis and diseased arteries. Heart disease is very rare in patients who have cholesterol levels below 150 and LDL...
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Is a Starch-Smart® diet safe for children to follow?

A Starch-Smart® diet is an excellent diet for children of all ages and can be started as soon as they are introduced to solid foods. Consuming a Starch-Smart diet not only provides superior nutrition, it also greatly impacts their future health. A well planned, plant-centered diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods such as beans, intact...
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What are the advantages for children eating a Starch-Smart® diet?

Adopting a Starch‐Smart diet for our family can be one of the best decisions that we can make for our childrens' health and wellbeing. Taking time to educate ourselves, plan, and provide nutritious foods can provide long-term future health benefits for our children, as well as possibly increasing their IQ's. Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help lower high cholesterol?

Elevated cholesterol, which is one of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, kills over one million people every year. That's the bad news, the good news is that a Starch-Smart® diet can lower high cholesterol just as well or perhaps better than using statin medications. Dropping cholesterol levels can be seen in as little as...
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Can I get off of cholesterol medication even though high cholesterol runs in my family?

Although some individuals may have a genetic weakness for high cholesterol and it runs in their family, a Starch-Smart® diet has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol to safe and desirable levels. Dietary and lifestyle choices play a remarkable role in influencing the expression of these genes. Genetic weaknesses may be present, but...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet meet the nutritional needs of an athlete or improve their performance?

According to the American Dietetic Association, "Vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate for all stages of life and for athletes." Evidence demonstrates that diets such as a Starch-Smart® diet, provides many health benefits for athletes. It also may lessen exercise-induced oxidative stress, and shorten recovery time. When vegan athletes focus on eating micronutrient rich foods, they...
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Is it true that eating carbohydrates will make me gain weight?

Whole plant foods, which are rich in both complex and simple carbohydrates, do not promote weight gain and are an essential component of a Starch-Smart® diet. Whole plant foods are low in calories and nutrient-rich. The weight and volume satisfies our appetites, prevents cravings, & sustains human life. Carbohydrates (starches such as rice, corn, potatoes,...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help me lose excess weight?

Although there are many ways to lose weight, a Starch-Smart® diet has been proven to be the safest and most healthful way to achieve permanent weight loss without having to count calories, measure portions, or adding points . Replacing animal products, oils, and refined processed foods with whole, nutrient-dense, plant foods, results in remarkably easy...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help to reduce menopause symptoms?

One of the many benefits of consuming a Starch Smart diet is its ability to reduce and perhaps even prevent many menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, food cravings, depression, irritability and anxiety. This is due to reduced estrogen levels circulating in women who consume a Starch Smart diet. The typical American diet, which is...
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Can dietary choices help relieve menstrual cramping and heavy periods?

According to a research study presented in the February 2000 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a low-fat, vegan diet "significantly reduced pain and PMS for many women."  Painful menstrual cramping and heavy periods can be largely attributed to chemicals called prostaglandins which promote inflammation. Prostaglandins are also associated with the constriction of blood vessels, blood...
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