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Do potatoes cause leaky gut?

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Created July 03, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I know potatoes are nightshades and people generally recommend to avoid them if you have an autoimmune condition. I am not officially diagnosed with any autoimmune conditions but I do have rosacea, which might be caused by autoimmunity. I have been eating lots of sweet potatoes to keep my weight up but they seem to completely destroy my colon, and give me terrible gas. Potatoes, however, don't cause this. In the comment sections of one of Paul Jaminet's articles he states that the nightshade toxins are in the potato fruit but not the tuber, and I was wondering if there was any truth to this?

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on July 05, 2011
at 01:55 AM

the indigestion could be from the seed oil its deep fried in

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on July 04, 2011
at 09:00 PM

I eat more sweet potatoes than white. If I eat a white potato, it is usually when I'm eating out and think I need a starch. I ALWAYS get indigestion, presumably from the skin, but I'm not sure if it is just the skin. I tend to avoid them, but that is me.

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on July 03, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Gelatine will provide you with the amino acids missing from a muscle meat heavy diet, although bone broth does contain other nutrients as well as unique beneficial substances like glucosamine. In other words, bone broth is optimal, but I wouldn't sweat it if you don't have the time/inclination to nurse a crock-pot for days on end.

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on July 03, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Gelatine will provide you with the amino acids missing from a muscle meat heavy diet, although bone broth does contain other nutrients as well as unique beneficial substances like glucosamine. In other words, bone broth is opimal, but I wouldn't sweat it if you don't have the time/inclination to nurse a crockpot for days on end.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Definitely. I never eat the skins.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Definitely agree with this, I would never eat potato skins for the most part.

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at 09:34 PM

Katherine, would Knox plain gelatin be a good substitute for bone broth. I make bone broth, just not as often as I should.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:33 PM

The problem is the glycoalkaloids in the skin, they are toxic and cause irritation of hte GI tract, so if you are eating white potatoes you should probably peel them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoalkaloid

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Definitely. I never eat the skins.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Definitely agree with this, I would never eat potato skins for the most part.

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

(211)

on July 05, 2011
at 01:55 AM

the indigestion could be from the seed oil its deep fried in

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on July 04, 2011
at 09:00 PM

I eat more sweet potatoes than white. If I eat a white potato, it is usually when I'm eating out and think I need a starch. I ALWAYS get indigestion, presumably from the skin, but I'm not sure if it is just the skin. I tend to avoid them, but that is me.

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on July 04, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Some persons who are adapted or thrive on a starch-free existence will most likely have some issues with processing starches. In starch-free paleo I have no gas, but when I introduce starches (rice/potato) I become gassy. This is after eating all of the "known" gasmasters, i.e. eggs, broccoli, apples, etc (none of which have ever, in absence of starches, have given me gas).

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on July 04, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I'd do the "cut everything out and once you're completely fixed slowly add things back in and see if they cause problems" approach. There's no way to tell what affects you without getting completely better and then testing to see what affects you.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:17 PM

Give it a try. Some folks do fine on potatoes, some don't. In my experience, those with rosacea also tend to do better when there is meticulous attention to sufficient A intake (from liver once a week or so) and C intake (from lots of plants, some organ meats aside from liver).

It also may be worth avoiding excessive muscle meat consumption due to the inflammation that can come from excessive methionine and tryptophan consumption, balancing muscle meat and organ meat intake - maybe half of each? Getting plenty of zinc from oysters maybe once a week (depending...experiment) and drinking plenty of cartilaginous bone broth. The glycine is necessary to balance the methionine and tryptophan from muscle meats.

White rice might also be a good choice if you need the starch to keep your weight up. Be sure you're getting lots of probiotic foods (make some fermented veggies) and realize that some gut distress can come with any new dietary changes simply because it takes the gut flora time to adapt. I think it took me 6-10 months to adapt to "more" coconut milk and coconut oil. Until then, I could tolerate very little.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on July 03, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Gelatine will provide you with the amino acids missing from a muscle meat heavy diet, although bone broth does contain other nutrients as well as unique beneficial substances like glucosamine. In other words, bone broth is opimal, but I wouldn't sweat it if you don't have the time/inclination to nurse a crockpot for days on end.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on July 03, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Gelatine will provide you with the amino acids missing from a muscle meat heavy diet, although bone broth does contain other nutrients as well as unique beneficial substances like glucosamine. In other words, bone broth is optimal, but I wouldn't sweat it if you don't have the time/inclination to nurse a crock-pot for days on end.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Katherine, would Knox plain gelatin be a good substitute for bone broth. I make bone broth, just not as often as I should.

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on January 25, 2012
at 08:06 PM

I became gluten free over a year ago after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I just finished my first batch of bone broth. Loved it, craved the next cup each time! The gas and bloating stopped. I will not eat the starches in the future. I can tolerate gluten free oats with a little coconut oil in it just fine. I dont have the time and money to make the bone soup often, so will try the knox with apple cider. Hope the gelatin works too.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I wouldn't worry about it unless the potatoes start causing you issues.

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