Are Potatoes Paleo?

Are Potatoes Paleo?

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Are Potatoes Paleo?

Simple Answer:

No.

Why is it okay to eat a sweet potato but not a white potato on the Paleo ‘diet?’

I’ll keep it simple…

The white potato’s nutritional offerings lack protein, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, vitamins, and contain high amounts of starchy carbohydrates. The white potato has a high glycemic index. Meaning, the natural sugar they provide will be absorbed into the bloodstream at rapid rates causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

The sweet potato has more nutritional offerings than the white potato. It contains a high amount of vitamin A. Even though the sweet potato is considered a starchy vegetable {like the white potato} it has a relatively low glycemic index. Meaning, the natural sugar they provide will be absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly. Not causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

Besides the above mentioned both the sweet potato and white potato come from the same tuber family. Both potatoes offer similar contents of fats, calories, and carbohydrates.

Honestly, there is nothing wrong with (accidentally) eating a white potato. Just do it in moderation and stay away from highly processed foods like chips, fries, and mashed potatoes.

 

-Angela

 

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