Dr. John McDougall is a giant in the plant-based nutrition community, but his approach is surprisingly different from that of many of his colleagues.
Instead of focusing on micronutrient-rich whole foods, he looks to the humble starch as the key to a healthy diet. As Dr. McDougall says in our interview,
“All large, successful populations of civilized people have obtained the bulk of their calories from starch.”
For that reason, according to McDougall, it’s not leafy greens or fruits that should make up most of our meal, but potatoes, rice, and other starches.
In today’s episode, we chat with Dr. McDougall about his approach to nutrition, his new book, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, and how in his opinion, the Paleo Diet got it wrong.
Here’s what we talk about in this episode:
- What percentage of our calories should come form starch?
- Why Dr. McDougall says eating micronutrient-rich food is akin to taking supplements
- … and why (aside from B12) he doesn’t like supplements
- Is the Paleo Diet sexist?
- How athletes should adapt his diet
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Links from the show:
- Dr. John McDougall’s website
- The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by Dr. John McDougall
- The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall
- The Paleo Diet by
- The Paleo Diet for Athletes by
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