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by 557 · about 1 hour ago

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

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by 56596 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 5132 · about 1 hour ago

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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by 78407 · about 1 hour 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 5838 · about 1 hour ago

Does anyone know the level of carbohydrate, specifically starches, it takes to knock someone out of fat adaption? Also, would it take less fructose to do so? I like being fat adapted, and as such, am looking to find the threshold of added starch... (more)

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Kamal 0 · May 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Can you define "fat adaptation"? We all burn fat, no matter what our macronutrient intake is, unless we eat every couple hours even when sleeping. Fat is the primary fuel of resting or slow activity. Most people generate ketones at about 50 grams... (more)

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by 273 · September 28, 2014 at 3:12 AM

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 1 hour 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 39821 · about 1 hour 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 21400 · about 1 hour 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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by 3521 · about 1 hour ago

I began working with my dad a couple weeks ago in a plant nursery, where we are on our feet for 9-10 hours hauling heavy plants back and forth the whole day. I am amazed at how resilient my dad is compared to me. He relies on fruit throughout the... (more)

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becker 0 · April 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Good thought, but no, the fructose is not at all what is allowing your dad to embarrass you all day. An equal amount of fructose and glucose/glycogen ingested will result is vastly different amounts and methods of sugar metabolism in the liver. ... (more)

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by 5516 · September 30, 2014 at 3:10 AM

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 3521 · about 1 hour ago

My diet will consist of lots and lots of sweet potato, green plantains and taro coupled with huge amounts of coconut oil and suet, beef, egg yolks, gelatin, lots of vegetables, canned sardines and frozen salmon. I want to see how much weight I... (more)

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Jack_Kronk 0 · April 01, 2011 at 3:34 PM

ROB, I was low carb for about 4 months, lost 13 pounds. Then added starches back in (potato, white rice, some sweet potato) and continue to pound weights 3x week with very heavy training, drinking the highest quality whey protein, eating like a... (more)

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by 589 · September 30, 2014 at 3:09 AM

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 18402 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1146 · about 1 hour ago

Well, after being low-carb for quite some time (<50 grams), I have decided to include starch, in the form of potatoes to help me gain a bit of weight and maybe help my athletic performance. I plan to make my ratios 65% fat, 15% protein and 20%... (more)

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Eva 0 · January 30, 2011 at 10:02 PM

The only thing I have heard is the higher carb with higher fat tends to equal more weight gain. Since a lot of people are trying to lose weight, a lot of people are wary of fat plus carbs. But if you are trying to gain weight, it is the ideal... (more)

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by 216 · about 1 hour 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 15966 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 12174 · about 1 hour 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

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