|(SEM image of corn-derived granule in blood after a serving of mueseli)|
Previously on this blog, it was stated that starches and cereal grains were good food for cows and horses, but not man. Man is instead better off eating food that is readily, easily, and perfectly digested. Cases in point: fruit and fruit juices. I will put forth herein why this is the case, and expand on some of the perils of excess starch consumption discussed in the last post.
A prominent feature of consuming starches concerns the previously discussed phenomenon called persorption (aka translocation). Briefly, persorption describes the absorption of non-soluble microparticles through the intestinal lining and thereafter into the lymph vessels, mesenteric veins, and then distributed to tissues throughout the body.
Although persorption was known about since the mid 19th century, the research on it has been sparse. (On my last search for articles on the topic in pubmed and medline, using the search terms “persorption” and “starch granule”, only five results were found.)
Nonetheless, there is still a lot we do know. For one, we know that starch granules can appear, really, anywhere in the body, including the urine, cerebrospinal fluid, peritoneal fluid, fetal blood, umbilical cord, and milk of lactating mothers.