Browsing the comments led me to one by Jimmy Moore (Livin' La Vida Low-Carb), who recently interviewed Cordain for his site:
The LLVLC Show (Episode 556): Professor Loren Cordain Introduces Antinutrient Foods In ‘The Paleo Answer', Jimmy Moore, March 7, 2012
Moore lists points covered in the interview. This apparent quote by Cordain popped out for me:
- Potatoes will “punch holes into the membranes of the intestines."I thought this was an unusual way to describe a mechanism. What is getting punched? A membrane transport protein? How does a potato punch? What part of a potato does the punching? Does everyone who ever ate a potato have holes in their intestines? Do the holes heal? Why doesn't someone who eats lots of potatoes, say Chris Voigt, get peritonitis?
Chris Voigt ate 20 potatoes a day for 60 days:
Perhaps I'm being as cheeky as Cordain. But ... why single out potatoes? When you look at any food up close, there's some particle that's harmful, whether naturally present or put there by humans. Tomatoes and eggplant have glycoalkaloids too, sometimes more than potatoes. There's arsenic in chicken, mercury in tuna, endocrine disruptors in cow fat, oxalate in spinach, coumarins in celery and parsley, aflatoxin in peanuts, hydrazines in mushrooms, phenolic compounds in fruits and vegetables that destroy B vitamins, and on. Even the Drs. Jaminet in their grain- and bean-free, carb-restricted "Perfect Health Diet" endorse potatoes. It really is a matter of picking your poison in life.