Every time I eat sweet potatoes I see an adverse reaction as in I get bloated in the stomach and am hungry shortly after eating a fulfilling meal. However when i eat fruit, I feel light and energetic and full for hours. Any cravings disappear. If I pair fruit with coconut milk I have no problem. But pair coconut milk with sweet potatoes and my stomach gets huge.
So what's your experience with potatoes and fruit? Which one do you enjoy eating more and why? Why do you think my body has these reactions to sweet Potato over fruit (even when there's more sugar)? Also what are your general opinions on the two foods groups I.e. which one do you favor?
Introducing Yams and removing fruit has kicked started me back into weight loss and gives my mind better clarity...I eat berries (mostly blue berries, at least a half a pound a day) instead of the fruit and I THRIVE...
Sounds like you're well on your way too a bit of an elimination "diet"...at least you're focusing in on your personal speed bump...I'm sure you'll figure it out and goood luck!
My father's bothered by sweet potatoes as well, but in a different way. If he eats anything that's starchy or sugary in the morning or afternoon (including sweet potatoes) it gives him an instant headache. He still hasn't figured that one out. Especially because if it's the evening, he can chow down a whole pint of ice cream and be fine!
I've read your question and all the answers several times. I, personally, do not have problems with either sweet potatoes or fruit as long as I do not overeat either of them. Overeating seems connected with bloating but not eating moderate amounts of either.
Hm, I think I have similar issue. Actually I gained a lot of weight doing paleo with starches. Then I tried low carb but felt too sad. Now I've introduced fruits instead of starches and it seems to be working better. I felt sleepy after straches but raw fruits give me energy and improve digestion of meat.
Probably has to do something with vitamins, enzymes and acid present in raw fruits. Btw, can't overeat them due to acidity but there was no limit on how much starches I could eat.
I have noticed the same reaction to the regular orange sweet potatoes. If I eat a few bites, it makes me want to eat tons of them. And I end up feeling bloated and having poor digestion.
Asian/Korean sweet potatoes (the ones with the purplish skin and white flesh) seem to not give me the same issues. They are less watery and, I think, more delicious. Same for purple-fleshed sweet potatoes.
I have eliminated potatoes and feel much better! I am now eating fruit and feel energized and light. Thanks to all for helping me reach this conclusion. Sometimes it is better not to know the science behind our bodies and just eat what seems to work for us :).