South Beach Diet - Cornstarch?

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07-05-2010, 09:13 PM
Is this safe for Phase 1? Thanks!

07-05-2010, 09:32 PM
No, it should be avoided on all Phases. sorry. There is another thickener some people use. I'm sure someone will have suggestions

07-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Arrowroot is an approved thickener on SBD. I'm not certain whether it is OK for Phase 1, but it's fine for Phase 2 & 3.

07-05-2010, 09:43 PM
Hum...just curious cuz I found a recipe I would like to try, but it has 1 T of says that its all phase friendly...I hate when they do that....:P Does anyone else know for sure about Arrowroot?

07-05-2010, 09:54 PM
The glycemic load for arrowroot is 76 so I would lean toward not using it on Phase 1 but that's just my opinion

07-05-2010, 09:57 PM
would arrowroot be an equal exchange to cornstarch? 1 T = 1 T

07-05-2010, 10:01 PM
Ok...thanks Cyndi! :)

07-05-2010, 10:01 PM
as far as the recipe you found there is a certain amount of judgment in all this. Some people do feel it's okay to use a small amount of the "avoid" ingredients. I remember we had a similar discussion about wraps once. My opinion, and again just my own opinion :) , is that you should really try to make your Phase 1 as clean as possible. It really sets the stage and prepares your body for success with this lifestyle. Once you are settled in Phase 2 and craving free you can experiment with tiny amounts of some ingredients if you choose to. Just monitor your response so you can make adjustments as needed.

07-06-2010, 02:10 AM
I totally agree with you Cyndi, 100%. This is my second time doing Phase 1, and the first time I did it, it was completely on plan. I had NO craving's in Phase 2 and I am positive that is why. I just wish I knew something else to exchange for it, so I could still try the recipe. Its a German recipe and my DH really wants to try it. Guess it might have to wait until Phase 2!

07-06-2010, 07:11 AM
Don't know what the recipe is but, if the cornstarch is to thicken a sauce, you can do the same thing with an egg yolk. Stir a bit of the liquid into the yolk before you add it to the sauce and stir gently as it cooks and thickens the sauce.

07-09-2010, 05:14 AM
Ground arrowroot is fine (I would assume in small amounts), even on phase 1, but it's a little expensive. McCormick does manufacture it, though. It's 1 of the ingredients listed in the teriyaki sauce recipe in the SB Cookbook.