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by 5516 · about 22 hours ago

In an effort to make my post-workout meal more variable I am looking for a list of tasty starches that are also nutritious. This would be something like sweet potatoes vs white rice (which gives starch/carbs but not much in the way of nutrients.)... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · April 05, 2011 at 7:45 PM

The Starch List Wiki (edit if you have privileges) Easy to Find/Or Relatively Easy to Find in the US Sweet potato (Ipomoea) White Orange Purple Yam (Dioscorea) Potato (Solanum tuberosum) Cassava/Yucca (Manihot) Sago Palm (Metroxylon... (more)

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by 589 · about 22 hours ago

So I've been paleo for over a year now, and I feel like I've kicked the sugar/starch habit... for the most part, anyway. I recently added tubers back into my diet in order to try and get over some low energy problems. However, it seems that... (more)

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No_more_ 0 · March 30, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Carbs are not a sin. If you start think of them as such you will associate them with indulgence and you will indulges upon partaking in them. For some people, low carb is beneficial and necessary. For some people it is not. The only reasons I... (more)

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by 18412 · about 22 hours ago

So if we accept potato as a safe starch in the context of a healthy diet of a healthy person, is cutting up a fresh potato into fries and cooking them in ghee any different than spooning ghee onto a baked potato? In other words, isn't this a good... (more)

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MikeD 0 · March 09, 2011 at 4:04 AM

I support your quest. I would suggest frying in grass fed tallow and use sweet potatoes for the ultimate paleo fry next.

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by 1138 · about 22 hours ago

I currently do MWF weights, TThSa HIIT. All the information I've read regarding carb cycling and pwo recovery states to add starches/carbs after weight-training, but I feel that the HIIT take a lot more out of me and leave me lacking energy the... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 06, 2011 at 7:39 PM

In my experience, so long as you don't fully saturate your glycogen stores, any amount of starch is acceptable. Excess glucose is preferentially stored as glycogen, so you won't gain fat if unless your glycogen is maxed. On MWF lifting days, I... (more)

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by 20787 · about 22 hours ago

How many have tried a low fructose but moderate carb diet for weight loss? I think it was Travis Culp who mentioned this was working for him for weightloss. Many paleo eaters are against much fructose but OK with potato as long as a person's... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · February 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM

My contention is simply that fructose is subject to the glycogen saturation point of the liver, whereas glucose can be partitioned into the glycogen stores of the muscles as well, or simply consumed by any of the cells in the body. I'd love to... (more)

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by 18671 · about 22 hours ago

This question was prompted by reading Travis Culp's recent comment about fasting, where he says I'm already pretty lean, but I actually am getting leaner after cutting fructose down to almost nothing and increasing starch I've also read... (more)

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Stephen_Aegis 0 · February 06, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I gained muscle without gaining fat after my weight loss was complete. A buddy of mine dropped fast while keeping potatoes in the diet. Wheat Gluten, Oxidized Oils, Fructose. Those are your poisons. Eat only Whole unprocessed foods(to avoid all... (more)

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by 216 · about 22 hours ago

In a recent post on Art De Vany's blog he states that starchy vegetables are full of lectins. I eat alot of sweet potato, acorn squash, etc. Should I be concerned with the lectin content in these starchy vegetables?

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Drew_aka_CrossFit_Junkie 0 · December 30, 2010 at 5:06 AM

To my knowledge, the only starchy vegetables with many lectins are potatoes. There might be some in sweet potatoes/yams I guess as well, but in both regular and sweet potatoes, most of it is concentrated in the skin, so peeling could get around... (more)

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by 15976 · about 22 hours ago

A question for anyone on these boards but if are a weightlifter or athlete i'd particularly appreciate the input. I am 31 yrs old male, 6', 158 pounds, slim and lead an active but not overly athletic life. I eat clean, 100% paleo. No dairy, no... (more)

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matt_4 0 · November 14, 2010 at 9:29 PM

From personal experience I can tell you It's pretty hard to consistently hit that daily calorie intake being Paleo & especially sans-dairy. I suggest you look for ways of drinking the calories you're trying to get down you - this is far easier... (more)

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by 149 · about 22 hours ago

Hello, I'm interesting in hearing from people who's calories from fat are under, say, 50%. What do you eat on a given day? I'm having difficulty figuring out how to get enough daily calories without lots of butter and coconut oil.

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David_Moss 0 · October 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM

If you're eating only 50% fat (or less), then given that you can't reasonably get more than 30% of your calories from protein (I would probably say less than 25% is optimal) then you'll necessarily have to get at least 20% calories from... (more)

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by 22913 · about 22 hours ago

Low carb is optimal to improve insulin sensitivity Does anyone have experience (personal or studies) on higher starch when combined with heavy exercise and a healed metabolism? I recover and perform better if I potato/yam after intense workouts.... (more)

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Stabby 0 · September 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I say that you should be fine IF your insulin sensitivity is actually under control. Check out Robb Wolf's newest post on insulin resistance and eicosanoids, or you could take a look at the one from wholehealthsource. Also make sure to be getting... (more)

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by 10294 · about 22 hours ago

Now I don't eat things that come in a package or a plastic, but sometimes I make an exception, and if I do, I try to choose the less processed option. Some of the things I still buy contain 'modified starch' (like spice mix). Is modified starch... (more)

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Eva 0 · September 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Modified starch is when they take a regular starch and acid treat it with something like hydrochloric acid which partially degrades it. Hydrochloric acid sounds creepy but it's actually an acid your own stomach produces for digestion. MOdified... (more)

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by 95 · about 22 hours ago

Hello again I just finished the book Paleo Solution and my family will go 30 days paleo for october. I have just one question, you can answer just one word, YES or NO is Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened OK for the 30 days? Here are the... (more)

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Diane_at_Balanced_Bites 0 · September 23, 2010 at 2:07 AM

As a nutritionist, when someone asks me if a processed food is "okay," I ask them the question right back. Do you think it's okay? Personally, I vote for homemade or none at all. You have NO way of knowing what "other natural flavors" means. As... (more)

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by 12174 · about 22 hours ago

Is arrowroot starch paleo? If so, I'd like to occasionally use it to thicken sauces and reductions. Last night I made a white wine butter reduction to pour over a shrimp/asparagus/spaghetti squash dish, but if I made it in the future (say for... (more)

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Ikco 0 · September 23, 2010 at 8:30 PM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-thickener/ http://www.paleonu.com/panu-forum/post/1067136 (more)

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by 216 · about 22 hours ago

Is it ok to mix starch with fats? For example tons of butter on a sweet potato or pumpkin? On one side, I've read that in the paleolithic world we would have never had such a quantity of starch/carbs with fat at the sametime and our body reacts... (more)

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Eva 0 · September 11, 2010 at 11:42 PM

I see no reason why a paleo person could not have gotten say some honey and some meat and eaten it at the same time, or some meat and some tubers, or some fatty worms and some fruit. I think that eating a lot of fat and starch together is... (more)

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by 7821 · about 22 hours ago

I have Crohn's Disease and for the past year I've been eating a ZC/VLC diet in an attempt to maintain remission without medications. I just had my yearly colonoscopy on Friday, and I passed with flying colors - no Crohn's activity, 9 months... (more)

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grace 0 · August 02, 2010 at 5:23 AM

pfw, For 50 grams a day you can get the low GI carbs -- berries (if you don't have any diverticulitis where the tiny seeds get stuck), purple sweet potatoes (I don't believe these are nightshades; the Japanese and okinawan varieties have more... (more)

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by 10294 · about 22 hours ago

I've heard it mention before, and this answer by pfw did me think about it again. What is the klebsiella bacteria and what is its importance (and for whom)? Thank you (more)

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pfw 0 · July 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Here's a blog post I wrote explaining why it matters for Crohn's sufferers. It's a bit much to reproduce here. Also, I should add a disclaimer that I'm pretty sure I'm not precisely/accurately describing the auto-immune triggering mechanism. The... (more)

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by 20 · about 22 hours ago

So where do green plantains fall in the Paleo diet? Fruit or starch?

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Kristy_A_ 0 · April 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

They seem like a starchy fruit to me and probably fall in line with bananas/potatoes as being relatively high glycemic. When looking it up, I found this awesome article describing ripe and green and a variety of preparations:... (more)

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by 56616 · about 22 hours ago

Most of the arguments seem to be that they have antinutrients, so they aren't paleo. But that doesn't make much sense to me since nearly every plant contains antinutrients.

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Paleo_Dave 0 · February 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Great question. The prevalence of the AMY1 gene in humans seems to suggest that tubers were an important part of our evolutionary past. AMY1 codes the amylase enzyme in saliva which is responsible for breaking starch down to simple sugars. ... (more)

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by 5 · October 24, 2014 at 4:42 AM

I'll make this good n concise because it's a fait amount of info When I eat carrots, butternut squash, applesauce, sweet potato, parsnips, I have tummy troubles. This also happens with nuts but it is the worst with the above vegetables. When I... (more)

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VB 0 · July 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I don't know what is wrong with you and why you get this reaction. Get tested to find out more. 3 hour lactulose methane hydrogen test for SIBO. GI Effects stool test for pathogens and parasites from Metametrix. Mayo Clinic... (more)

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by 28 · October 24, 2014 at 4:42 AM

I'm following a higher carb version of Paleo that includes starches like white rice and potatoes and high sugar fruits (I moderate the fructose intake). I find that starch fuels my workouts amazingly but doesn't boost my mental acuity as much.... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 25, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Everyone is different. In this respect, I recommend trying a couple N=1 experiments where for a couple weeks, you limit fruit and increase your starchy vegetable consumption, and then try the opposite for a couple weeks.

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by 388 · October 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM

I have tried eating a more strict paleo diet without rice or other grains, and mainly veggies, meats, fats, eggs, some healthy oils, and a few fruits and/or nuts. I have always felt icky and my stomach felt kind of....sloshy. I just felt ill and... (more)

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Varelse 0 · November 09, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I know some people do avoid starchy foods, either because they find they don't need them or because the starch exacerbates digestive problems, but if that isn't the case, why not eat starchy foods? If they don't give you problems, there's no... (more)

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by 2407 · October 24, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Beyond the more eccentric claims on food combining, one thing I've read that makes sense is that the body has different enzyme systems to digest meat and carbs, requiring different stomach conditions. I remember hearing of an experiment where... (more)

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Eugene_K 0 · July 07, 2012 at 11:45 AM

IMHO without ability to store significant amounts of food and relying only on foraging, our paleo ancestors rarely had opportunity to have different types of food at the same time. Besides, most of the carbs that are mixed with meat nowadays are... (more)

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by 3521 · October 24, 2014 at 3:53 AM

Do you spread them out and eat them in small quantities or do you take in a lot in one sitting ? Do you feel any different when adding fat or not? Do you measure your blood sugar after? Have you noticed any improvement in your blood sugar from... (more)

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ben61820 0 · February 26, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I eat about 275-300 grams of carbs daily. I get all the carbs from sweet potatos, white potatos, and butternut squash pretty much. Plus vegetables of course but that's minimal compared to the carb content of the starch. Oh I get sugar from my... (more)

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by 3125 · October 24, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Can some suggested foods sabotage blood sugars causing you to spike blood sugar and get obese with subsequent disease. The food in question being brown and white rice,potatoes especially the white varieties, and concentrated calories in Cheeses... (more)

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Nance 0 · December 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

No. I think it has as much to do with the person as with the food although I'd give a Yes answer to wheat. After decades of SAD and binge eating, it's true that I treat tubers as "armed and dangerous" but it's not about the foods it's about me.... (more)

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by 568 · October 24, 2014 at 3:42 AM

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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