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by 1005 · October 01, 2014 at 3:57 AM

Although when I do VLC right, I feel great and have tons of energy and can focus just fine once I get past the withdrawal, it's very difficult for me to stick to and for me to focus and study during the detox period (I have a tendency be fine,... (more)

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JenJen 0 · October 15, 2013 at 4:19 AM

There are other ways of losing weight other than VLC. Some people disagree with this, but I firmly believe that calories in do matter overall. VLC makes it easier to eat less and there is possibly a small metabolic advantage (not sure about this... (more)

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by 224 · about 9 hours ago

What are some of your favorite sources of carbohydrate and why? How does a starchy tuber like sweet potato compare to a root vegetable high in sugar like carrot? Can a legume like green peas be used as a safe starch if tolerated, how would this... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · November 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I like the whole safe starch concept less and less. Evolutionarily, humans have been eating root and tubers (very starchy food items) for millions of years. Despite being high in carbohydrate, they are completely paleo in the broadest sense. The... (more)

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by 529 · about 8 hours ago

A very close friend eats grains/carbs at the moment and is on a very tight budget (~$85-110 a month for food), sometimes with limited access to cooking. While they've expressed wishes to transition to Paleo/primal/ancient-type diet, right now,... (more)

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glib 0 · July 25, 2013 at 2:49 AM

This is based on my personal experience, and I assume you mean from "less inflammatory" to "more inflammatory". Note also that I eat my wife's bread, if the dough is fermented for more than 24 hours. Very safe: turnips, yams and sweet potatoes,... (more)

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by 25 · October 01, 2014 at 3:54 AM

So, I've recently started working out and want to add a bit of carb into my diet to see how it effects my muscle growth / recovery. I'm reading a lot of 50g-100g being the sweet spot and want to try it and adjust from there. My question is if... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 21, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Yes, you need to count the carbs in broccoli if you want a really accurate picture of your carb intake. There are a few grams of digestible carbohydrate, even after subtracting out the fiber, and it adds to your total. If you want to use a tool... (more)

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by 103 · about 8 hours ago

Hi How can I tell whether it would be safe to reintroduce rice into my diet? When I began Paleo I assumed it was off limits but some recent internet surfing produced results that some believe it to be a safe starch? What can I look for to see if... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · May 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Some people believe that so-called "safe starches" are OK and even desirable. The term "safe starches" was coined by the Jaminets, authors of the Perfect Health Diet (PHD). It seems to work for certain people, especially those who have normal... (more)

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by 103 · October 01, 2014 at 3:52 AM

Hi. Could someone clarify for me why starches like sweet potatoes and yams are considered "safe" when others are not?

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Pat_13 0 · May 23, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Because they contain low levels of the anti-nutrients (prolamines, lectins, etc) that are so common in grains which cause gut problems and inflammation. Sweet potatoes, yams, white rice, all have little to no anti-nutrients and are thus "safe" --... (more)

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by 1169 · September 30, 2014 at 3:59 AM

I almost only have berries and carrots as my carb sources. I eat a ridiculous amount of carrots every day. The reason is that I feel I can digest these carbs sources good, and also my skin doesnt break out from them. I have tried sweet potatoes,... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · April 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

People who eat lots of carrots turn orange. No kidding, your skin acquires an orange color from all the carotene that you're eating (yes, you can google it up). If you can handle carrots what about other root vegetables -- parsnips, turnips,... (more)

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by 40 · about 9 hours ago

Hi everyone, I've got a few questions about substituting some non-starchy for starchy vegetables. Background 3000 calorie diet split 20%/25%/55% carbs/protein/fat (PUFA < 5%, 2:1 O6:O3) Fairly active with 3x pw weight training and 2x pw... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

There really isn't a question in your question ... you sort of just talked about maybe trying to get more tuber/root vegetables. Are you just looking for encouragement? If you're asking if you should eat more than zero, then personally, I think... (more)

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by 78407 · about 9 hours ago

So I consider myself a paleo purist- I don't even eat apples due to the sugar content. I was surprised seeing Paul jaminet recommend white rice and sweet potatoes on his " perfect health diet" I'd love to add these foods in my diet, but it goes.... (more)

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Paul_Jaminet 0 · January 07, 2013 at 1:22 PM

A few points: Glucose is a nutrient. Like all nutrients you can get it in excess, but some is better than none. Starch which provides glucose and resistant starch (a highly beneficial fiber) is generally healthier than sugar which provides... (more)

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by 912 · about 9 hours ago

I just ate my first Japanese sweet potato. It was by far the best starch I've ever roasted. Maybe it was the high quality ghee I got today or the coconut oil. But this sweet potato was better than any yam or white sweet potato I've ever eaten. ... (more)

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jake_16 0 · January 06, 2013 at 5:08 AM

they're frigging awesome. i parboil or steam, then saute until the sugar comes out. pretty much my go-to starch at this point.

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by 3979 · about 9 hours ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixtamalization -Increases mineral content -removes hull -removes mycotoxins -breaks down protein into more bioavailable form Assuming it's organic and non-gmo, do you think this could be considered a safe starch?... (more)

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Michelle_22 0 · January 01, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I eat nixtamalized corn as a "safe starch," more than white rice, but not more than potatoes. I'm gluten intolerant and have some problems with a few other gluten-free grains, but corn has never been a problem for me. I live in Texas, and eating... (more)

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by 1772 · October 01, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Are potatoes an acceptable or a "safe" starch? Straight forward question. Thanks!

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Matt_11 0 · December 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Acceptable, not just a safe starch. Humans, as a species, have been eating roots and tubers for quite a while.

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by 260 · about 9 hours ago

I know a good amount of paleo people accept white rice as a safe starch because it is purely that, a starch. What about cream of rice? I got it from the store and the only ingredient is granulated rice, so just from that it seems like it is fine.... (more)

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MarkES 0 · November 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

The Jaminet's (who popularized the term safe starch) seem ok with it as an option: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/02/around-the-web : (7) Another Perfect Health breakfast idea: Emily suggests cream of rice with cream, butter, and apricot... (more)

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by 78407 · October 01, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Has anyone here lost more than 50lbs while averaging 200+gm of carbohydrate a day? For all I am glad that Paleo has embraced starch for those who need it I'm wondering if that hasn't skewed people's results.

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shelley_1 0 · October 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

I can lose weight on carbs but its really really hard..I am hungry alot, hot flashes, cranky..not pretty at all but I did lose some that way, gained some back and then went Paleo about a year ago and lost another 30plus with ease..around 60g of... (more)

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by 30 · about 9 hours ago

Is jicama (yambean) a good starch to be eating on a paleo diet? It's slightly sweet, high in vitamin c and in fiber. It's excellent in salads.

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PhysiqueRescue 0 · October 03, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I've used it occasionally in salads and some other things. It's not really bad for you, but there are things that can give you more benefit. If jicama is the worst thing you are eating, then you are in good shape. Matt PhysiqueRescue.com (more)

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by 224 · about 9 hours ago

If you have to choose one vegetable to eat in order to satisfy carb requirements, what would it be based on toxicity? Sweet potatoes, yams, and carrots all seem like good options, I am personally leaning towards carrots because they're my... (more)

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borofergie 0 · September 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I don't understand why you would restrict yourself to a single vegetable. To get the maximum nurtitional benefit, and to prevent overexposure to toxins that might occur in single vegetable, you're much better off eating a wide variety of foods.... (more)

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by 224 · about 9 hours ago

Hi all I am looking for opinions on what would be the best vegetables for me to eat given my situation. I do not enjoy eating massive quantities of vegetables, i.e. cups of spinach, broccoli, etc., yet am still looking to get an adequate amount... (more)

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KA24 0 · September 29, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Butternut squash is amazing. Really been on a kick of it lately.

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by 173 · about 9 hours ago

So in an effort to gain weight while running 30+ miles/week and using weights at the gym, I'm adding more carbs to my diet and the easiest/cheapest way to do this, for me at least, is to eat white rice. I'm Asian so it's not hard to find white... (more)

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Kimmie 0 · September 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

My favorite way is to cook rice is in broth, to make it more nutrient dense. Then I toss it with lime juice, salt and pepper and mix in a full bunch of minced cilantro. Pile meat, avocado and salsa on top of the rice, with maybe a little cheese... (more)

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by 173 · about 9 hours ago

I've been replacing my usual carb sources with sweet potatoes and chestnuts lately, and thought maybe it'd be good to add some white rice in as well, especially since I'm running. I know it's sort of a safe starch. Anyone can share their... (more)

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CD 0 · September 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If you want rice, cook it in bone broth rather than water. That adds tons of nutrients to an otherwise empty food

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by 2199 · about 9 hours ago

What are the main differences in how someone processes glucose from the diet vs gluconeogenesis? Paul Jaminet, a seriously smart cookie and charming guy, writes we need a certain number of grams of glucose a day and can create it through... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · August 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

In addition to what Drs Kruse and Jaminet said, I think an important distinction is that gluconeogenesis is regulated by internal feedback mechanisms. Safe starches are regulated by who puts the food on our plate and how big of a portion it is. (more)

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by 319 · about 9 hours ago

I realize this has been discussed before but I just saw this article of the same title on Chris Kresser's feed. With the safe-starch debate at AHS it occured to me, what if all the demonization and fear mongering over fruit and carbs is actually... (more)

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Eugene_K 0 · August 13, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Nocebo effect is very paleo. Some Polynesian tribes have taboo on particular food. I heard there is a documented case when tribesman ate food that was taboo for him by mistake and died shortly after he found this out! Stress messes up digestion,... (more)

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by 1467 · about 9 hours ago

Forgive me if this is a repost but I've searched to make sure it's not been asked before. http://jasonferruggia.com/nutritional-knowledge-bombs-with-nate-miyaki/ (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 03, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Nate Miyaki is great. What his philosophy is, is that if you're obese and sedentary, than a paleo diet with fruits and nonstarchy vegetables should be your template. But, if you're fit and active, than a "Chinese Rice Farmer" should be your... (more)

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by 15400 · October 01, 2014 at 3:35 AM

I am currently trying RAW Paleo. I eat all my vegetables raw, occasionally raw sashimi, but I also have some cooked meat as well. I felt like I needed some starch because eating raw cucumbers and raw carrots does not fill me up. So I have been... (more)

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JoeB 0 · October 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Jicama (a tuber) is excellent raw, and if you really want to wake up your taste buds squeeze some lime juice on it and add a little salt and chili powder!

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by 384 · about 9 hours ago

As far as I am aware both of them are mostly glucose that is quickly metabolized. Why is once safe and the other bad? EDIT: The best answer I've seen is a difference in the corresponding proteins, the simplicity of the glucose molecules, and the... (more)

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Varelse 0 · July 05, 2012 at 6:18 AM

I'm not sure I'd call one "safe" and the other "bad," but between the two, rice is preferred. Wheat contains gluten, a protein that many are allergic/sensitive to, and rice does not. Also, white rice contains much less phytic acid and fewer... (more)

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by 80 · September 27, 2014 at 3:32 AM

So I've started introducing some starchy carbs (sweet potato, rice) into my diet after stagnating at 10% bf for good 6 months despite attempting to progressively reduce overall caloric intake. I have decided to track my blood sugar levels using a... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · April 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

50g in a single sitting may be too much for you until you acclimate. Start with a smaller amount and build up if your trying to reintroduce. I mean a whole sweet potato is like 30g and I can't eat more than one or two of those/day total Oh, and... (more)