This isn't exactly a Paleo question, so my apologies.
And also, this question feels like a really stupid question. But the Interwebs just aren't giving me a clear answer so I thought I would appeal to you guys for help.
I'm trying to limit my vegetables to only non-starchy ones (as though cavemen knew the difference!). But I'm having a very hard time finding lists of starchy and non-starchy vegetables on the Internet, so I can know which ones to eat and which ones to avoid.
Here's the particular problem: every list I find contradicts the other lists I find. For example, I found this list of non-starchy vegetables:
and this list of starchy vegetables:
The problem is: both lists contain "beets". Both lists contain "carrots". Etc. It just makes no sense to me. (And that's just in the firs three letters of the alphabet!). Every other list I've found has such similar contradictions, so I just don't know what to avoid or emphasize.
Any recommendations for any lists?
My question suggests two very closely related questions: is there an "official" way to differentiate starchy from non-starchy vegetables, like a metric we can use?
And: is there a good "rule of thumb" (and perhaps cavemen knew/followed the rule of thumb) as in "Avoid vegetables [that have characteristic X]" because X is closely aligned to the starchiness - the color, where it is grown, or something like that? Rules of thumb make things much easier.