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Resistant starch
Resistant Starch is Amylose Starch. Amylose is partially resistant to digestion. Amylose is a straight molecule composed of glucose molecules. It nourishes friendly bacteria in our intestine. Amylopectin is a molecule made of many branches of glucose. The digestion begins in our
mouths with the enzyme Amylase which breaks amylopectin into its glucose-sugar molecules. The glucose branches are more easily removed than with amylose starch. This makes a sweet taste which varies depending upon the number of free, glucose molecules.
“All starches are made up of varying proportions of amylose and amylopectin.”1 “Potato Starch has about 20% amylose.”2
Resistant starch can be listed as dietary fiber. Food companies like doing this because it increases sales. If a starch doesn’t list dietary fiber it probably doesn’t contain significant amylose.
Non-Modified, Resistant Corn Starch is produced by several companies.3
Modified Resistant Starches are made by subjecting amylopectin starch to acids and/or bases to change the branched, chain molecule to straight, amylose molecules. Companies doing this are below. 4,5 
Both Potato Flour and Potato Starch Flour are cooked. My only comment on eating raw potato is to make sure the potatoes are not green or sprouting. 6.
It is possible to make amylose starch by heating some types of amylopectin starch into a gel and cooling it. This is RS4 starch.8 

1. Understanding Starch Functionality. Scott Hegenbart, Editor. Food Product Design. Jan. 1. 1996. 
2. Cargill Foods has produces resistant corn starch. 
3. Ingredion Company produces resistant corn starch
4. Cargill Foods makes resistant Tapioca Starch.
5. Penford rolls out fibre with resistant potato starch product. May 15, 2008
6. Penford.com. Delivering Digestive Wellness 7. Potato Starch Pilot Plant. Zockerforschung Tullin. Accessed December 4, 2014.
8. Food Processing Staff. Resistant Starch 101: A guide to Understanding This Fiber-Like Starch. Food Processing.

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Food
Imported broiler meat shows increase in ESBLK-production

Joe Whitworth,Food Quality news.10/14/13

GMO News
Going GMO-Free in 2014? Avoid These 6 Surprising Foods
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Senators Angle for Monsanto Friendly FDA Voluntary GMO Labeling Guidance

Katherine Paul, Alexis Baden-Mayer.9/25/13 

WA GMO Initiative, See How I-522 will impact you. 
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GMO labels won't affect supermarket prices, study says.
Maggie Hennessy. Bakeryandsnacks.com. 09/12/2013

Genetically Modified Organisms. Maui joins Kauai in limiting GMO Crops. Hawaiian islands take more steps to limit spread of GMO crops.
Christopher D'Angelo.Reuters. 12/06/2013

Treatment for Candida Albican
A common herb consumed in Australia and South Asia named Gymnema Slyvestre is according to research at Kansas State University effective against Candida Albicans.......... 
Govindsamy Vediyappan.Research Treats the Fungus Among Us with Nontoxic Medicinal Compound. Kansas State University.09/12/2013.

Dr. Kummerow sues FDA......
Researcher files lawsuit vs FDA after it ignored his petition calling for ban on artificial trans fats. 
Elaine Watson.Food Navigator - USA. 08/13/13

Gut Bacteria
Diets high in fruits and vegetables and low in fat help grow good bacteria which keeps people thin. Transferring those bacteria to obese mice causes them to lose weight.
Gina Kolata.The New York Times. 09/05/2013

Nanotechnology and Food
Nanoparticles are smaller than one billionth of a meter in size. Food scientists are incorporating nanoparticles in food to obtain qualities that they want. For example silver is an antibacterial. Nanoparticles of silver are being incorporating into some foods for this reason. There is
concern that the safety of ingesting such nanoparticles hasn't been adequately researched.1 Nanoparticles are also finding their way into medicine. 

Toxic Nanoparticles Might be Entering Human Food Supply, MU Study Finds
QA Magazine. September 3, 2013

Nanotechnology applied to European food production- A review of ethical and regulatory issues. 
Trends in Food Science and Technology. September 4, 2013 

Genetically Modified Crops
THE JOURNAL NATURE HAS SEVERAL NEW STUDIES ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS.

US Regulations Misses some GM Crops

Heidi Ledford. Nature. 08/20/2013

Genetically Modified Crops Pass benefits to Weeds

Jane Qiu. Nature. 08/16/2013
GM rice delivers antibodies against deadly rotavirus
Michelle Dobrovolny. Nature. 08/09/2013.

Monsanto drops GM in Europe
Daniel Cressey. Nature. 07/23/2013.

Hunt for mystery GM Wheat hots up 
Heidi Ledford. Nature. 07/17/2013.

Modified Celluloses
"MODIFIED CELLULOSES Includes; hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, methylcellulose, methylethylcullulose, sodium carboxymethyl-cellulose" 
WHO Food Additives Series, No. 5., 1974. IPCS, Inchem. 

Hot Chocolate News
Chocolate May Help Keep Brain Healthy 
American Academy of Neurology, 07/31/2013

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