I don't eat regular potatoes, but only because I find them insanely boring. They need a lot of dressing up to be interesting to me (bacon/butter/salt/etc), so I don't bother. I do however eat sweet potatoes. That's one sexy vegetable, even naked. ;)
I don't eat potatoes (white or sweet) because most of the Paleo Food Lists I've come across shun potatoes. Drew Price's food matrix says it's okay to eat sweet potatoes if you're not looking to lose weight or if you are very active but forbids white potatoes because they're a "newer" type of vegetable. Plus white potatoes have higher GI.
Potato is generally not part of the default paleo program, but it's a popular expansion pack. The potato expansion pack is recommended for people who have trouble getting enough calories, can't afford much good meat, or do badly on a traditional low-carb diet.
For budgetary reasons, I tried eating them for a while (~3 months). I just felt tired and sluggish and just generally crappy. Mr. Grainfree also complained of feeling sleepy all the time. It also seemed to make my reflux return, I think. (Don't hold me to that one. I'm still experimenting. But it seemed to stop when I got rid of the potatoes... so far... so, maybe?)
So, apparently not a safe starch for me or him.
Would I still have an occasional "cheat" with something potato based? Yeah, probably. Will I make them any regular part of my diet? Not any time soon. The lack of energy alone wasn't worth it.
I know canned food is frowned upon, but I eat canned organic sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and butternut squash puree in modest amounts from a company called Farmer's Market. I get it at the grocery, but Amazon carries it too. The sweet potato is very sweet so I try to limit how much of it I eat but, for a treat, I eat it as dessert, adding cinnamon and pure cocoa powder, heating it a bit and then topping it off with cold coconut milk. Better than any pudding I've ever eaten.
I handle sweet taters quite well, especially PWO but white potatoes don't agree with me well at all. Only thing I can think of is the insulin spike associated with the white ones but I'm sure someone smarter than me on here can give me a better reason why.
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