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by 95 · about 3 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 3 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 7821 · about 3 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 3 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 1655 · about 3 hours ago

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... (more)

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Matt_Baldwin_1 0 · May 02, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I wouldn't worry about the starch content in food. It's barking up the wrong tree. Starches are polysaccarides made of glucose molecules strung together, and pure glucose is harmless, EXCEPT if eaten in excess. After all, it's the body's fuel. ... (more)

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by 5 · October 21, 2014 at 4:38 AM

Any useful information about glycogen would be helpful. I'm still learning!From what I've put together, starch is mainly used for muscle glycogen while fructose is for liver glycogen. When you're liver glycogen is full, your body thinks it's... (more)

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raydawg 0 · June 05, 2014 at 10:45 AM

That's not entirely true. The liver will convert fructose to glycogen when its stores of glycogen are low, otherwise they become triglycerides.Fructose, while it will increase your appetite, can damage the liver and lead to Non-Alcoholic Fatty... (more)

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by 787 · October 21, 2014 at 4:36 AM

Can anyone explain why I can eat a tub of ice cream or lots of chocolate everyday with no apparent issues but if I add 'safe' starches instead I start gaining body fat within days? In both cases we're talking about adding in 100g carbs to a... (more)

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by 215 · October 21, 2014 at 4:32 AM

I've never bought nor eaten cassava/yucca before, but due to its low cost, and calorie+nutrient density, I'm thinking of making it my main starch source, along with bananas and plantains. I've been trying to get away from white potatoes as they... (more)

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by 28 · October 21, 2014 at 4:27 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 25 · October 21, 2014 at 4:27 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 5 · October 21, 2014 at 4:23 AM

might be a silly question but i'm new to working out and was wondering why its better to have these carbs post workout and not that much during the day?..

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Albert83BCN 0 · May 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Most carbs release glucose into the blood stream when eaten and in response, they generate an insulin spike, depending on the amount of net carbs they hold, the glycemic index and the quantity you take. Starch carbs are more or less dense in... (more)

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by 4181 · October 21, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Has anyone noticed an improvement in their IBS/general digestion after eschewing starch? I have gone about a day and a half since quitting the 'safe starches' of white rice and sweet potatoes and I feel lighter, less bloated I've been really... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · February 03, 2013 at 1:27 PM

You'd need to have a read up on the SCD diet. SCD disallows starches, because they're complex sugars. Complex sugars are more difficult to digest, ending up becoming food for the gut bacteria. Fruits, raw honey are ok on SCD, but tubers and rice... (more)

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by 15226 · October 21, 2014 at 3:55 AM

We all know some people can tolerate carbs better than others. Is salivary amylase the dominant factor in that? http://jn.nutrition.org/content/142/5/853.short Plasma insulin concentrations in the High Amylose group were significantly... (more)

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Dr__Mitchell_J_Morris_PhD 0 · September 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I think it could. Contrary to the popular belief in the paleo community human evolution did not stop 10,000 years ago. Although I do think that there is a strong case to be made that newer adaptations have not yet globalized. The best example is... (more)

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by 1670 · October 21, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Hi all, I have increased my intake of carbs a ton-- I now eat loads of veggies with every meal and usually a sweet potato a day and it has actually curbed my appetite and gotten me less inflamed/bloated. I was wondering if anyone else experienced... (more)

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Prescott 0 · April 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM

A sweet potato a day with loads of veggies is hardly tons of carbs; probably fewer than an average SAD-dieter would eat in a generous serving of pasta. Especially if you're active, though, starches can be great for energy, mood, etc.. Recall... (more)

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by 6229 · October 21, 2014 at 3:43 AM

I have spoken with some people (not just Paleo/Primals), but Low-Carbers who have tried to reintroduce certain foods and get into trouble. Perhaps their gut has not healed fully, or gut flora need more time. Perhaps there are still some underlying... (more)

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Stacy_5 0 · March 23, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Sounds like they were seduced by the Peatatarians! I have detoured into Peat's World twice in the last 18 months of paleo. The first time was short, no ill effects. The second time I bought a jar of raw honey and ate it with a spoon -- something I... (more)

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by 15003 · October 21, 2014 at 3:41 AM

What: The Paleo Summit (see also this post) Who: Matt Stone ??? Independent Health Researcher Topic: Matt Stone Debunks The Paleo Diet. Is the Paleo diet a short-term fix? Are there any long-term side effects stemming from this way of eating?... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · February 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Perfect illustration of the problem of Matt Stone's philosophy (paraphrasing): Matt: See I fixed her and now she's perfect! Sean: But she's still 60 lbs overweight Matt: That's ok. She's perfectly healthy and all her other numbers are perfect... (more)

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by 250 · October 21, 2014 at 3:38 AM

I've been looking but I can't find anything via The Oracle (Google). Does D-3 play any role in energy metabolism? Would D-3 status have any effect on liver or on the body's ability to cope with carbohydrate? The higher the carb-intake of... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 02, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Good question! Since Vitamin D helps with insulin sensitivity, it makes some sense to me in theory that we would be able to tolerate more carbs the closer to the equator we lived (or by having an equally high D... (more)

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by 10 · October 21, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Does meat from grassfed or wild animal contain sugars or starch. Or are some organs more sugary than other parts of the animal?

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Just_Mike 0 · January 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Liver, shellfish and some fish all taste quite sweet to me. Since I dropped all starch (still lots of veg) 90% dark chocolate even tastes sweet. Even black coffee (dark roast) has some sugar/caramel notes I never noticed.

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by 3125 · October 21, 2014 at 3:35 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 10294 · October 21, 2014 at 3:31 AM

A lot of talking about starches these days. I have never really avoided them, and keep a kind of power law variation in my starch consumption (I don't know if Art De Vany would be proud...). Some days have a lot, some less, some none... Since... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · November 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

I think SCD or GAPS would argue that starch hangs around in the gut for longer periods feeding some of the "bad guys" that can lead to gut dysbiosis, where glucose or any simple sugar is fairly quickly shuttled out thereby not providing a source... (more)

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by 125 · October 21, 2014 at 3:31 AM

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 56606 · October 21, 2014 at 3:26 AM

I'm curious because I find them incredibly unappetizing without butter or salt and lose weight if I try to rely on them, but maybe it's the type of potatoes, cassava, and sweet potatoes I'm eating or maybe it's just me...what say you?

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A_at_Grain_Free_Diet 0 · September 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Starches to me were always a 'fat delivery system'. I have no interest in potatoes without any one (or a combination) of: butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon... and so on. I can eat fries with just salt, because the fat is already in there. But hand... (more)

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by 557 · October 21, 2014 at 3:20 AM

Anyone else enjoy rice crispies with raw or coconut milk? If you dont.. you should!

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by 56606 · October 21, 2014 at 3:20 AM

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 5132 · October 21, 2014 at 3:19 AM

For those who've been Paleoing with starch (yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yuca, taro, etc.), how high did your triglycerides climb? This assumes that before you incorporated starch to your diet, your were either LCing or VLCing. Most people... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · October 22, 2011 at 4:40 AM

I upped my carbs from around 50 to 150 and the TGs continued to drop from 45 to 37. There was pretty much a total absence of fructose though. I'm going to re-test in about a month and will report back. Did you eat a lot more fructose with the carbs? (more)

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