What do you think about this article concerning White Potatoes?
I know if your goal is weight loss then White Potatoes should be avoided along with white rice and any starch for faster results.
But other than that are they alright to consume? I thought I heard they had Anti-nutrients in them. Most Paleo book writers or advocates advise to avoid white potatoes and other starches for an number of reasons.
Just wanting to understand this as my goal is go to the University next year in Feb for Bachelor of Nutrition and hopefully Diploma. So I am beginning careful study early on Paleo as I feel that is or close to the best diet one can get, but need solid proof.
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White potatoes don't have antinutrients, compounds that block your body's absorption of nutrients. They can contain a chemical called solanine, which may cause joint pain or other problems in sensitive individuals. Solanine develops in the skin and causes that greenish colour when the spuds are exposed to light. Don't eat green potatoes, and if you are concerned about solanine, you can always peel them.
I eat 2-3 potatoes per week. I bake them and I eat the well-scrubbed, crispy skin. I only peel them if the skin has a greenish tone. Eating them hasn't affected my gradual fat loss to my knowledge. Edit: I don't normally eat meat and tubers on the same day; I use them as main dishes on alternate days.
There are so many definitions of "paleo" that I rarely use that label unless I'm trying to speak in familiar terms to someone in this community. I prefer to refer to "whole foods" or "ancestral" eating. If it's clearly recognizable as all/part of a plant or animal, or a direct product such as egg or milk, it's okay in my book. You'll get widely conflicting answers here though and you'll need to experiment and make your own choices based on your body's responses.
I also include some "mildly processed" food items such as the water kefir I make, and hard cheese and spun honey and heavy cream/butter. Another great one is extra virgin olive oil. Others do or don't use from that group based on what they believe or what makes them feel good.
My sense based on comments here and elsewhere is that I eat more fruit and greens than some and less nuts than many. I rarely consume coconut-based or almond-based processed items, but I may occasionally eat a little in their whole state.