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Old 03-12-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Paleo and sweet potato

This seems to be a debated topic. Is the sweet potato paleo?
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:38 PM   #2
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

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This seems to be a debated topic. Is the sweet potato paleo?
No. It's still considered a starch.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

Remember that there are different definitions of "paleo" also. If you follow Loren Cordain's The Paleo Diet then sweet potatoes are not allowed due to a pretty high glycemic index as much as anything else. "Paleo" by him is influenced not just by what paleolithic people ate but also by current research into food quality, so even though hunter gatherers eat starchy root vegetables they are not normally allowed in paleo diets.

Sweet potatoes are a fairly good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, and are a great source for post workout carbohydrates. Most people around here would say to limit portions in normal meals to small or moderate portions.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:48 PM   #4
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are not potatoes and contain none of the anti-nutrients.
Robb Wolf recommends sweet potato as the most ideal post workout food. Also, sweet potatoes are known for their ability to reduce blood sugar, and regulate insulin production by effectively reducing insulin resistance. These are many of the things you are trying to achieve with a paleo diet anyway.
I often have sweet potato for breakfast, with a two or three eggs sunny side up on top.
I also boil it in coconut milk and take that to the gym as a post workout snack after especially heavy days.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:35 PM   #5
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

The Kitavan's ate a large portion of carbohydrates in the form of yams/sweet potato, and to our best knowledge have done fine. They show no signs of any chronic disease. I follow Dr.Kurt Harris in his view that we are replicating the evolutionary metabolic milieu. Its not a food re-enactment. So yes sweet potatoes are paleo.
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:04 AM   #6
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

You have stem tubers, root tubers, and tap roots. Tap roots, e.g. carrots and the onion family, are definitely edible raw and paleo. Potatoes are a stem tuber. They lie on the ground exposed to hungry animals. They would have evolved to have anti-nutrients to protect them, as the tubers are part of their reproductive cycle. As far as I can tell they are the only stem tuber that is used as a food. And you can't eat them raw. Yams/sweet potatoes are root tubers. As far as I know they are edible raw and won't make you sick. So I would consider them paleo. Though personally I prefer berries.
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:24 AM   #7
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

you can eat them raw FYI. they taste like a mix between a carrot and an apple
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:07 PM   #8
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

Sweet potatoes taste surprisingly good with fried eggs.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:25 PM   #9
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Re: Paleo and sweet potato

I think they're good to go...they are pretty starchy so you have to watch the amount.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:24 PM   #10
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According to one of the paleo podcasts Cordaine is OK with moderate sweet potato consumption now.
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