Take our starch sensitivity test to determine if you may be suffering from this common issue. Linda will evaluate your results.
Please answer yes or no to each question.
5 _______ I have a tendency towards high blood pressure.
5 _______ I gain weight easily, especially around my middle and have difficulty losing it.
5 _______ I often experience mental confusion.
5 _______ I often experience fatigue and generalized weakness.
10 ______ I have diabetic tendencies.
4 _______ I get tired and/or hungry in the mid-afternoon.
5 _______ About an hour or two after eating a full meal that includes dessert, I want more dessert.
3 _______ It is harder for me to control my eating for the rest of the day if I have a breakfast
containing carbohydrates than it would be if I had nothing at all.
4 _______ When I try to lose weight I find it harder to eat several small meals, than to skip eating most of the day.
3 _______ Once I start eating sweets, or starches (bread, crackers, etc.) I often have difficulty stopping.
3 _______ I would rather have an ordinary meal including dessert than a gourmet meal not including dessert.
5 _______ After finishing a whole meal I often feel as if I could go back and eat the whole meal again.
3 _______ A meal of only meat and vegetables leaves me feeling unsatisfied.
3 _______ If I’m feeling down, a snack of cake or cookies makes me feel better.
3 _______ If potatoes, bread, pasta, or dessert are on the table I will often skip eating vegetables or salad.
4 _______ I get a sleepy, almost “drugged” feeling after eating a large meal containing potatoes, bread, pasta, or dessert, whereas I feel more energetic after eating a large meal of only meat or fish and salad.
3 _______ I have a hard time going to sleep at times without a bedtime snack.
3 _______ Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep unless I eat something.
5 _______ I get irritable if I miss a meal or mealtime is delayed.
2 _______ At a restaurant I almost always eat too much bread, even before the meal is served.
Total points: _________________
Dietary recommendations based on your score:
(1-20) Standard balancing of protein, fats, and carbs (vegetables, fruit, starchy
vegetables, grains, legumes) with only occasional high glycemic carbohydrates. (a
(25+) Strict balancing of foods while avoiding high glycemic carbohydrates, even eating
some meals without starches such as grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables. Eating
a green salad with chicken (no bread) is an example of a no starch meal.
REALLY IMPORTANT: The higher your score the more important it is for you to balance your
carbohydrate to protein ratios at each meal.