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Old 06-30-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
Jae Chung
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Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

Bracing myself for a "use the search function" backlash, despite having used the search function....

Anyway, my question is, I know why some people eat sweet potatoes despite Cordain's claim that we shouldn't. Does anybody eat potatoes of the non-sweet variety? I never hear of Paleo-eating CFers eating potatoes.

Is there any reason that this is the case? Is it just that I'm not hearing about it, or is there some rationale why we eat sweet potatoes but not potatoes?

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes...good/bad?
http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=9716

but one of the reasons are .. regular were created by man, therefore not paleo.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:36 AM   #3
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

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Bracing myself for a "use the search function" backlash, despite having used the search function....

Anyway, my question is, I know why some people eat sweet potatoes despite Cordain's claim that we shouldn't. Does anybody eat potatoes of the non-sweet variety? I never hear of Paleo-eating CFers eating potatoes.

Is there any reason that this is the case? Is it just that I'm not hearing about it, or is there some rationale why we eat sweet potatoes but not potatoes?

Thanks for the help!
Regardless of what Cordain says starchy roots and tubers of all kinds have been a staple part of homininae diets for hundreds of thousands even millions of years and while the humble white potato might not strictly speaking be a paleolithic food it's close enough nutritionally to the tubers that paleo man ate that there's no real reason not to eat them.

http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/200...runc_sys.shtml (wfs)

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?t...dspice&dbid=48 (wfs)

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Old 07-01-2009, 06:19 AM   #4
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

The only problem I have with regular taters is that they are nightshades, which are inflammatory in many people (along with eggplant, hot and bell peppers, and tomatoes). Sweet potatoes are not actually "potatoes". They are from the marigold family. But yes, most hunter-gatherer tribes have used plenty of roots and tubers to fulfill their caloric needs.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:33 AM   #5
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

On a nutritional content level, sweets trump whites, so more bang for your buck, Paleo or no
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:09 AM   #6
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

Yeah but if you're trying to stay paleo and you have high carb requirements, eating nothing but sweet potatoes and bananas all day will make you go insane. Regular potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and winter squash go a long way towards keeping your meals interesting.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:32 AM   #7
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

yes, just because there is a nutritionally superior food in existence, isn't a good reason to not include something else.

Spinach is superior nutritionally to romaine, but I still would eat romaine in a salad.

I personally don't like sweet potatoes anyway, don't know why but they totally gross me out! I eat regular potatoes and plan to do so a lot more often as my endurance activity increases. Mmmm. Baked potatoes, boiled potatoes, roasted potatoes... yum yum.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:06 PM   #8
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

Does anyone else not like any potatos? I find them to be the bottom of the barrel in taste. Sweet potatos taste better to me but still I am 99% Paleo and happy.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:11 PM   #9
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

There are nutritional trade offs between sweet and white potatoes. One is not exactly outright better than the other overall, just preference. I don't buy the nightshade shtick, but that would be the deciding factor I suppose for those who do.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:44 PM   #10
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Re: Paleo question on potatoes and sweet potatoes

I suspect the reason I love potatoes so much is that I am Irish. My mothers house has never been without a huge sack of dirty potatoes.

I don't eat potatoes that much here in the states mostly because when I'm not making soups or stews, I'm too lazy to cook them. But when I go home, my diet becomes very high in potatoes! Yum Yum!

I'd never even heard of a sweet potato til I moved here, and when I tasted it, I don't know i think it is the consistency or something, but Yuck! I may have to try them again and see if I can't force a liking for this wonderfully healthful food.

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