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Paleo Diet?

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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Can someone explain to me why some people say it's ok to eat potatoes on the Paleo diet and others say why not? 

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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM
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I honestly don't know the answer to that...good luck!  

jendawn1
by Ruby Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM
Sorry don't know. I know which eating clean its ok to eat them in moderation of course :) good luck
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Silvertears1275
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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They are a whole food, which is what pro-potato Paleos will say, but they are very starchy and Paleo is a mostly low-carb type of diet, which is the argument against (for the most part).  Most Paleo literature I've read only recommend sweet potatoes in moderation for the same reason.  There are some gray areas in Paleo.... people make arguments for and against dairy as well. 

(I'm fairly  new to Paleo and other ladies more experienced might have a better answer...)

Lesgerm
by Leslie on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Yeah this is pretty much my understanding too. I've been moving toward a mostly Paleo practice. I say mostly bc I do eat potatoes and dairy.

Quoting Silvertears1275:

They are a whole food, which is what pro-potato Paleos will say, but they are very starchy and Paleo is a mostly low-carb type of diet, which is the argument against (for the most part).  Most Paleo literature I've read only recommend sweet potatoes in moderation for the same reason.  There are some gray areas in Paleo.... people make arguments for and against dairy as well. 

(I'm fairly  new to Paleo and other ladies more experienced might have a better answer...)

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Tonya_Lynn84
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

from what I have read about it, it has to do with the glycemic levels of them. regular potatoes being higher and sweet potatoes being lower.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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Paleo is a nutrient dense diet.  Potatoes do NOT have a lot of nutrition.  Why fill up on something with little nutrition when you could be eating foods with plenty of nutrition?  That is why sweet potatoes are more favored...they are loaded with vitamin A.

Paleo eating goals focus on the effect of the various foods on our bodies.  Potatoes, a starch high on the glycemic index (when compared to sweet potatoes), boost insulin levels, which in turn causes a chain reaction in other areas.  End products of the starch -> glucose -> high insulin levels are AGE's....and they contribute to accelerated aging, insulin resistance, and several degenerative diseases.  Potatoes also contain anti-nutrients like saponins.  Odds are, the potatoes you eat are also not organically grown, so you have that added problem....and if they ARE organically grown, they're expensive.  Again, why put an expensive starch in your body if it doesn't really have a lot of nutrition?

Most people that start following Paleo guidelines for eating are doing it for their health.  Potatoes are not a great contributor to that, especially if a person is overweight.  On the other hand, an athlete that is training several hours a day may...MAY require more carbs...but again, why go for something with little nutrition?

There are so many more factors.  There are different variations of this way of eating, too, just like with vegan/vegetarianism.   In the end, it's a personal decision.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/paleo-potatoes/#axzz2JmreEhIS

http://www.paleoplan.com/2012/07-12/qa-are-sweet-potatoes-paleo/

http://robbwolf.com/2011/11/03/meat-potatoes-back-on-the-menu/

Lesgerm
by Leslie on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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Mind if I ask you a question? How many calories would you say you eat in a day? I'm just trying to get all this figured out :)

Quoting michiganmom116:

Paleo is a nutrient dense diet.  Potatoes do NOT have a lot of nutrition.  Why fill up on something with little nutrition when you could be eating foods with plenty of nutrition?  That is why sweet potatoes are more favored...they are loaded with vitamin A.

Paleo eating goals focus on the effect of the various foods on our bodies.  Potatoes, a starch high on the glycemic index (when compared to sweet potatoes), boost insulin levels, which in turn causes a chain reaction in other areas.  End products of the starch -> glucose -> high insulin levels are AGE's....and they contribute to accelerated aging, insulin resistance, and several degenerative diseases.  Potatoes also contain anti-nutrients like saponins.  Odds are, the potatoes you eat are also not organically grown, so you have that added problem....and if they ARE organically grown, they're expensive.  Again, why put an expensive starch in your body if it doesn't really have a lot of nutrition?

Most people that start following Paleo guidelines for eating are doing it for their health.  Potatoes are not a great contributor to that, especially if a person is overweight.  On the other hand, an athlete that is training several hours a day may...MAY require more carbs...but again, why go for something with little nutrition?

There are so many more factors.  There are different variations of this way of eating, too, just like with vegan/vegetarianism.   In the end, it's a personal decision.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/paleo-potatoes/#axzz2JmreEhIS

http://www.paleoplan.com/2012/07-12/qa-are-sweet-potatoes-paleo/

http://robbwolf.com/2011/11/03/meat-potatoes-back-on-the-menu/

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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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I logged my meals and snacks for 3 days on MFP once, to please my diabetic nutritionist who was having conniption fits about "not getting enough calories/you're eating too many calories with all that meat and nut flours."  Sigh.  Not all calories are equal.  I was consistently between 1100 and 1300 calories a day, yet I never felt hungry, tired, or drained of energy, and my nutritional profile according to MFP was off the charts.  Veggies...the base of paleo eating...are nutrient dense.  Add in the recommended protein (and ignore the fat & carbs because I'm a low-carb eater in ketosis) and it's a perfect diet with plenty of nutrition and fiber.  I've lost 24 pounds total.


Quoting Lesgerm:

Mind if I ask you a question? How many calories would you say you eat in a day? I'm just trying to get all this figured out :)

Quoting michiganmom116:

Paleo is a nutrient dense diet.  Potatoes do NOT have a lot of nutrition.  Why fill up on something with little nutrition when you could be eating foods with plenty of nutrition?  That is why sweet potatoes are more favored...they are loaded with vitamin A.

Paleo eating goals focus on the effect of the various foods on our bodies.  Potatoes, a starch high on the glycemic index (when compared to sweet potatoes), boost insulin levels, which in turn causes a chain reaction in other areas.  End products of the starch -> glucose -> high insulin levels are AGE's....and they contribute to accelerated aging, insulin resistance, and several degenerative diseases.  Potatoes also contain anti-nutrients like saponins.  Odds are, the potatoes you eat are also not organically grown, so you have that added problem....and if they ARE organically grown, they're expensive.  Again, why put an expensive starch in your body if it doesn't really have a lot of nutrition?

Most people that start following Paleo guidelines for eating are doing it for their health.  Potatoes are not a great contributor to that, especially if a person is overweight.  On the other hand, an athlete that is training several hours a day may...MAY require more carbs...but again, why go for something with little nutrition?

There are so many more factors.  There are different variations of this way of eating, too, just like with vegan/vegetarianism.   In the end, it's a personal decision.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/paleo-potatoes/#axzz2JmreEhIS

http://www.paleoplan.com/2012/07-12/qa-are-sweet-potatoes-paleo/

http://robbwolf.com/2011/11/03/meat-potatoes-back-on-the-menu/


ciao_kitty
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Thanks for all the info, it's been alot to "digest" the potato bit. I'm still murking my way though, so thank you very much Michiganmom 116 for all the helpful links! I like the concept of eating clean and Paleo is very much similar to it. I'm still not sure how to sub my pastas though...we are a pasta fiend, though we keep it to twice a week. How do you deal with the lack of sugar though? I don't use sugar much; only in my coffee (which is also not Paeleo friendly...I just realized) daily. 

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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Quoting ciao_kitty:

Thanks for all the info, it's been alot to "digest" the potato bit. I'm still murking my way though, so thank you very much Michiganmom 116 for all the helpful links! I like the concept of eating clean and Paleo is very much similar to it. I'm still not sure how to sub my pastas though...we are a pasta fiend, though we keep it to twice a week. How do you deal with the lack of sugar though? I don't use sugar much; only in my coffee (which is also not Paeleo friendly...I just realized) daily. 

I use veggies as a sub for pasta:  shredded cabbage or zucchini or spaghetti squash for spaghetti; steamed cauliflowerets for macaroni; shavings of zucchini or sweet potatoes for noodles.  I really don't miss pasta at all.

Lack of sugar?  If you don't have a metabolic disease like I do, go ahead and use honey (twice the sweetness of sugar and totally paleo approved)....although stevia drops are better (stevia powder usually has an anti-caking agent added...yuck.)  ETA:  I am diabetic.  Sugar is lethal to me.  I completed 2 rounds of the 21 Day Sugar Detox before I got to a point that I can take or leave sweets.  My taste buds are more sensitive.  Anything made with sugar doesn't taste good to me anymore...I prefer the taste of real foods.  Example, someone gave me a guava mango frozen gelato...and I took one bite and was done.  All I could taste was sugar and the sweetness was nauseating.  I'd rather have the real fruit.

Coffee's not "technically Paleo", but if you drink just a cup or two a day I doubt the Paleo police will make a huge issue of it.  Read this for more info and then decide for yourself if it's something you want to continue drinking:  http://paleodietlifestyle.com/chocolate-coffee-alcohol/

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