Quotes from "The Ray Peat Survival Guide," by Joey Lott:
"The problem with Peat isn‚Äôt so much Peat as it is his cult following. Within that subculture, there is often an understandable zeal that distorts the genius of Peat into doctrine. Unfortunately, that is what many of us who are looking for answers end up reading and learning."
"The result is often that within the cult of Peat we end up with dumbed down, step-by-step guides for how to follow the perfect Peat lifestyle. Unfortunately, this usually results in an ultrarestrictive dietary regime with a short list of strong supplements . This approach is neither ideal nor even appropriate for the majority of people."
"I will briefly sum up the clich√© Peat diet as presented by most involved in the cult. At all costs, one is to avoid excess polyunsaturated fat, estrogen, starch, inflammatory amino acids, phosphorus, lactic acid, iron, endotoxin, and serotonin. Meanwhile, one is to get enough noninflammatory protein, sugar, salt, calcium, magnesium, saturated fat, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Therefore, Peat cultists advise eating only milk, orange juice, some potatoes, gelatin, eggs, cheese, coconut oil, raw carrot, and occasional liver and oysters. All should be well-salted. Then, the cultists advise us to supplement with sugar, aspirin, progesterone, and pregnenolone, all washed down with coffee and a Mexican Coke."
"In the Peat cult , many often misrepresent Peat‚Äôs writings and suggest that Peat is ‚Äúanti starch.‚Äù In actuality, this claim is unsupported by the facts. In Peat‚Äôs writing, he does suggest in several cases that he believes that sugar is preferable to starch for several reasons. For one thing, he claims that starch creates a larger insulin response than sugar, and therefore starch is more likely to be stored as fat instead of being metabolized directly. However, Peat also acknowledges that starch can be a part of a healthy diet. This is a fact that is borne out by the longstanding cultures that rely upon starch (rice, potato, wheat, corn, etc.) as an essential part of their diet. And while many Peatarians are quick to try to cut out most starch, they overlook the fact that Peat himself speaks highly of potatoes and is on the record as stating that masa (traditionally-prepared corn), white rice, and oats are potentially valuable parts of a diet. So the starch phobia that is rampant among many in the Peat cult is unfounded. The bottom line is that Peat advocates for eating sugar and/ or starch. In the absence of adequate carbohydrates, thyroid and liver function becomes suppressed, among other potential complications (such as insulin resistance). These are often the outcomes of low carbohydrate diets, so Peat‚Äôs view on this matter isn‚Äôt actually farfetched."
Lott, Joey (2014-05-07). The Ray Peat Survival Guide: Understanding, Using, and Realistically Applying the Dietary Ideas of Dr. Ray Peat (Kindle Locations 118-120). Archangel Ink. Kindle Edition.