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by 514 · about 13 hours ago

These questions are not being posed to offend anyones nutritional needs or macronutrient requirements. All plants have a season/time of year when they can be eaten, this season is even shorter outside the range of the equator- so how would... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · December 18, 2011 at 4:21 AM

Neanderthals were not mostly carnivorous. In fact, some of our best evidence for Paleolithic starch consumption comes from neanderthal remains. Either way, there is a ceiling for protein consumption and because of that, Paleolithic hominids had... (more)

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by 6087 · about 13 hours ago

Is there any significant difference between how starch and free glucose are absorbed or utilized by the body? On this post, a guy named "aaa" left this comment: Starch does not equal free glucose. Small intestine in perfect condition will... (more)

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thhq 0 · December 15, 2011 at 4:42 AM

It depends on which rice. Dextrose is the standard by which blood glucose response is measured. The sticky rice used in making sushi is almost equal to dextrose. [I can personally attest to this effect, as sticky rice would spike my blood sugar... (more)

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by 1683 · about 13 hours ago

With my constant adjusting of my diet and my constant questions filling up PaleoHacks...someone recommended the "Perfect Health Diet" which states that rice is a suitable safe starch. Do you eat rice? What kind do you prefer (brown, wild, white... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · December 04, 2011 at 1:17 AM

I follow the PHD fairly closely (save for generally one off-plan meal a week). I do eat rice, typically 3-4x a week. As the Jaminets' recommend, I go with white rice since the anti-nutrients in rice are predominantly found in the bran. As far as... (more)

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by 568 · about 13 hours ago

The GAPS diet is anti-starch, claiming it's more difficult to digest than monosaccharides. However, I've seen Paul Jaminet describe white rice (pure starch) as perhaps the most readily digestible carb source. Many in the paleo community are... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · November 28, 2011 at 1:19 AM

GAPS, and its precursor the SCD diet, do pay attention to simple and complex sugars -- as they should. Complex sugars are more difficult to break apart, and so they end up in the gut unprocessed, free food for yeast and bacteria. For people with... (more)

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by 125 · about 13 hours ago

I have been following a paleo/primal for the last 6 months. I live in a cold environment and have always dealt with the cold well. This year I have been very cold feeling. Cold feet and hands and am wondering if limiting myself to no starched... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · November 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Does everyone need starch in cold climates? I don't think so or the Inuit and Laplanders would have been in trouble a looong time ago. But do you need starch in a cold climate? Only you can answer that. I would try both upping the fat and if that... (more)

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by 333 · about 13 hours ago

Yams and sweet potatos, and potatos for some, are popular as a healthy carb source (ie peri-workout carb consumption). Carrots are fairly high in carb count compared to leafy veggies, and are sweet when cooked, why do we not see carrots... (more)

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Adriana 0 · November 09, 2011 at 1:07 PM

The carbs in carrots are mostly sugar. Sweet potatoes have sugar and starch Sugars - carrots 5.2 gr / 1 cup, sweet potatoes 13.0 Starch -carrots .2 gr/ 1 cup, sweet potato 14 I am scratching my head, Nutrition Data shows NO STARCH in cooked... (more)

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by 6087 · about 13 hours ago

Do you drink cream? Saute your meals with heaps of butter? Eat tons of starch? Two pounds of meat a day? Maintaining my weight is starting to become a hassle. How do you guys do it?

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Jay_15 0 · November 05, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I eat plants and animals until i'm full 1-2x/day.

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by 56616 · about 13 hours ago

Apparently it's quite popular in many traditional diets. The WSJ had an article calling it bland, but many people in comments said they were wrong. Have you tried it? How do you cook it? (more)

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IslandEmpiress 0 · April 20, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Actually what AdianaG is referring to is a JackFruit. A Breadfruit is the same colour on the outside and is usually smaller than a jackfruit, but is not allowed to be ripened before Baked, fried or boiled. It is White on the inside with a Core... (more)

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by 589 · about 13 hours ago

Why do starchy foods (winter squash) so hard for me to digest--even if I take a digestice enzyeme?

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Dragonfly 0 · October 15, 2011 at 2:50 AM

Look up FODMAPS. You may be intolerant. I am.

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by 25467 · about 13 hours ago

http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/is-there-any-such-thing-as-safe-starches-on-a-low-carb-diet/11809 What say you paleohacks? (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · October 08, 2011 at 3:15 AM

I thought it was a train wreck. Or trainwreck. Or train-wreck. Or...a disgusting display of ignorance, poor form, and not-so-hidden agenda. I can only hope Jimmy Moore realizes how clearly he missed the mark on this one and I surely hope some... (more)

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by 682 · about 13 hours ago

After doing LC, VLC, Medium Carb, and High carb I have settled on some form of carb cycling for the time being. I have found that I do not function well in ketosis for extended periods of time but I do enjoy being in ketosis occasionaly. I am... (more)

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gilliebean 0 · October 05, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I think it's great! Both for plateaus and for those looking to cut BF to single digits. Cycling carbs also helps maintain thyroid function. [When not pregnant] I like to do two days VLC, one day moderate carb and then three days VLC, and one day... (more)

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by 1416 · about 13 hours ago

By way of background, it should suffice to say that I'm 6'5" and have gone from ~215 lbs. (ca. June 2009) to today's weight of 185 lbs., mostly through carbohydrate reduction. In an effort to lose the last 8-10 lbs., which are happily clinging on... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · September 26, 2011 at 12:24 AM

At 6'5 and 185lbs, I would imagine that you are already quite thin. However, you mentioned having some stubborn abdominal-area fat, which, combined with the fact that you are engaged in a strength program and following a... (more)

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by 1689 · about 13 hours ago

Are fermented grains low in starch, higher in sugars? I know that, with milk, a 24 hour fermentation time will result in nearly all the lactose being converted to simple sugars (or I think acids too). Does similar happen with all the starch in... (more)

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mth_1 0 · September 11, 2011 at 4:18 AM

It depends on what is fermenting the grain and the condition. For instance, the starch in barley (for beer) is converted to simple sugars while the grain is soaking in 150ish degree water. The temperature that this conversion takes place affects... (more)

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by 12407 · about 13 hours ago

KGH is very active in the comments section on Stephan's site where he just posted the scientific counter to Taubesian obesity theory. Since he seemed to be responding to many commenters, i threw a question that i'd been mulling over to see what... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · August 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Totally agree with him. A lot of people use starch as a butter delivery system, which will spike LDL (perhaps with no negative health effects) and just generally greatly increase energy density. The amount of butter that you can make "disappear"... (more)

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by 12407 · about 13 hours ago

wow, seems like a paleo civil war has broken out with scattered fighting in the comment sections on different blogs. i'm sympathetic to the lc and vlc adherants- i used to be one of them. as i stated in another thread, i do believe going lc or... (more)

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Jack_Kronk 0 · August 11, 2011 at 3:38 PM

This is a great question LB. Something I've been wondering, since I went straight cold turkey VLC from probably 300-400 carbs per day on SAD. I was able to get very cut and fit, but like Travis spoke of in another thread, some other oddball acute... (more)

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by 4620 · about 13 hours ago

I just came across this comment from Don Matesz on his most recent blog post: ...I think that increasing starch while simultaneously still getting ~50% or more of calories from fat reduces the digestibility of the starch, resulting in larger... (more)

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wjones3044 0 · July 20, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Sounds like Don's making stuff up again...

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by 85 · about 13 hours ago

Obviously, rice is forbidden; and I'd assume that most products made of rice would also be forbidden, but I'm curious to know if a vietnamese rice paper roll filled with lean proteins, fruits, and veggies would fall into a paleo meal. In the... (more)

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CaveDad 0 · July 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I eat them. For starters you have to eat about 20 of them to equal one portion of rice, so just roll them nice and fat! If you are dipping into Noc Cham,(which you should be) try to make your own so it will have less sugar or try it with honey,... (more)

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by 18412 · about 13 hours ago

Have we really examined the long term effects that regular and significant consumption of starchy tubers has on the pancreas? My reason for asking is quite personal. My mother died at the ripe old age of 45 from pancreatic cancer (many consider... (more)

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Namby_Pamby 0 · July 06, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I'll try to provide a balanced perspective on this based on what I know. If you examine human history, you realize that most hunter-gatherer diets were starch-based. The so called Paleolithic diet based on ice-age, carnivorous hunters that... (more)

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by 56616 · about 13 hours ago

Yes, I have no idea how to store potatoes, having never even bought them before the paleo potato shake up. Guess my folks weren't potato people. Anyway, whenever I buy a bag they seem to sprout within a week even in my dark pantry, though it's a... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · June 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Potatoes are best stored: In the dark. Potatoes turn green in the light due to the production of chlorophyll. Light also induces the production of the harmfull glycoalkaloid solanine that develops along with the chlorophyll. At between 42 and 55... (more)

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by 1786 · about 13 hours ago

tapioca pearls, made from yucca root/cassava, are (i think) considered a safe starch, but is eating them safe? 400cals/100g of them a day to fight infection ala PHD... when they contain no fiber? i'm just wondering.

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Ambimorph 0 · June 17, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Tapioca is considered a safe starch by the Jaminets, and since they are the coiners of the term, I would call that definitive.

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by 78417 · about 13 hours ago

Which is worse for your health? thanks

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Rhubarb 0 · May 23, 2011 at 6:15 AM

Starch is converted or broken down into glucose. Sugar (assuming you're referring to table sugar or sucrose) is broken down into glucose and fructose. Whilst glucose can be used as fuel by most tissues in the body (i.e. muscles, organs, brain,... (more)

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by 273 · about 13 hours ago

I've been doing Paleo/Primal for about a year now with good overall results. Body composition has improved drastically and I feel great in general. However, not everything has been smooth in terms of athletic performance which caused me to go... (more)

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ben61820 0 · May 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Im with you 100%. Indeed whats new is old - Cordain's book, etc. And of course the whole idea of paleo, per se, is NOT low-carb by default. In my mind its always simply been about eating things that do not hurt us. Within those parameters one is... (more)

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by 5853 · about 13 hours ago

Retrograde potatoes is a modernist cuisine method to make the best possible mashed potatoes. 1st you simmer the sliced potatoes in 70-71C water for 30mins, then drain, rinse to cool, and simmer them until done. After that mash into a ton of... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · February 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I know that if you cook potatoes and then cool them, it forms resistant starch, which resists digestion in the small intestine and functions as a prebiotic (for better or worse) in lower digestive system. That's probably why they don't spike... (more)

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by 39841 · about 13 hours ago

On Feb 28th my TGs were 54 and HDL was 55. Yesterday TGs were 37 and HDL was 67. In the intervening period, I ate less butter and significantly more carbohydrates. I probably ate in the range of 50-75g of carbohydrates a day in the months... (more)

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becker 0 · May 05, 2011 at 1:54 AM

I think the community's general failure to acknowledge a dichotomy inherent within the term "carb" is to blame, but that failure isn't anyone's fault, just that most people don't know a whole lot about science. You can read and understand plenty... (more)

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by 21405 · about 13 hours ago

Question is as posted. Years ago messing around with a very high protein/low carb/low cal (PSMF) diet I would get woozy after workouts and squirt about a tablespoon of honey in my mouth post-workout to "clear my head". This did not affect my... (more)

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ben61820 0 · April 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Tough to answer since ketosis has different definitions according to different people. I would say in the final analysis that doing a 200-300 grams of carb-refeed PWO will NOT: cause you to stop burning fat for fuel the rest of the time give you... (more)

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