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Travis Mulroy 06-13-2006 10:51 AM

I have been trying to convert some people to the Paleo diet, and the question of whether our ancestors ate tubers comes up again and again. I looked through the archives, but got mixed results. It seems as though sweet potatoes and yams are OK, but regular, white potatoes are not. Is this the general agreement? If so, what is the paleo reasoning? Can sweet potatoes and yams be eaten raw, and thus would have been consumed for a long time, whereas white potatoes cannot (this is just a shot in the dark)? Any input on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Robert Wolf 06-13-2006 11:38 AM

The sweet potato and yam are nice options because of the nutritional quality...good stuff in there. That said they can be over done. I don't no that I would try to convert anyone, just reference some thing like Cordains site and let them come to their own conclusions. People can chew through an amazing amount of your time nit-picking minutia.

Jibreel Freeland 06-13-2006 12:48 PM

Alot of people don't care for regular potatoes because they are a member of the nightshade family. Personally, I eat them, and I consider tubers in general to be paleo friendly, and definitely much more so than any grain. This can not be backed up in any way by science, it's my opinion, plus an excuse to eat starches.

Hone Watson 06-14-2006 12:17 AM

I'm guessing some paleo's undoubtably ate a lot of tubers.

Kalahari Bushmen, Australian Aborigines, Papua New Guinean's all ate a lot of tubers. These were mainly gathered by the women.

Sweet potatoes can be eaten raw without problems if we're talking this vegetable:

Oca can also be eaten raw:

Taro and this type of yam cannot be eaten raw:

Antony Ferraro 06-14-2006 02:14 AM


Do you eat them raw? I tried and nearly broke my teeth! Cut finer or grate perhaps?

Jeremy Bloniasz 06-14-2006 05:09 AM

Just throw them right in the charcoal for a while. Delicious.


Garrett Smith 06-14-2006 05:42 AM

Sauteed with grassfed ground beef, onion, and EVO coconut oil. Awesome.

Travis Mulroy 06-14-2006 10:44 AM

Thanks for the info, guys. Good stuff.

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