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Do Sweet Potatoes Cause Leaky Gut?

Answered on September 16, 2014
Created February 03, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I've heard that starches can cause or contribute to leaky gut. I have celiac and I'm doing strict paleo to help with healing. Should I avoid sweet potatoes and squashes and such?

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:28 AM

I do better with winter squashes, although if my symptoms are really flaring, I just stick to carrots, celery, lettuce, etc.

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on February 04, 2013
at 03:15 AM

Couldn't have said it better myself. I've found that once you've got the fundamentals in place, there's pretty much an immediate onset of diminishing returns thereafter.

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on February 04, 2013
at 02:21 AM

It differs for each person, but if you eat on the lower end of protein, consume a lot of MCT's and keep the carb sources to basically anything green, you should be able to stay in Ketosis most of the time. For purposes of healing the gut though, over-consumption of even some green veggies can be problematic. If I were you, I'd do a little research on the Paleo auto-immune protocol, SCD Diet or the GAPS Diet.

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:19 AM

I want to try going without starches, but I'm just stumped for what carbs or plant foods I would eat instead.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

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on February 03, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Will I go into ketosis without starchy carbs? What are safe carbs, otherwise I assume I'd just be eating meat and fat?

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on February 03, 2013
at 10:16 PM

By themselves, no.

If you're coming from a place where your just starting, the previous diet was a mess and you have leaky gut, eating lots of starchy veggies may inhibit the healing of leaky gut. I'd avoid them for a little bit of time and allow the gut to heal.

Once your gut is completely healed and overall immunity is pretty high, reintroduce these things and see what happens. Not only will you probably find that sweet potatoes are fine, but the healthier your gut is, the easier you can tolerate other things as well.

This is a great benefit because the reaction of something you don't tolerate will be almost immediate if you have a healthy gut. Unlike most people on standard diets who have such a chronic problem with the gut, they really have no immediate feedback of an intolerance and therefore, it's very difficult for them to know what the problem is.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on February 03, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Will I go into ketosis without starchy carbs? What are safe carbs, otherwise I assume I'd just be eating meat and fat?

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on February 04, 2013
at 02:21 AM

It differs for each person, but if you eat on the lower end of protein, consume a lot of MCT's and keep the carb sources to basically anything green, you should be able to stay in Ketosis most of the time. For purposes of healing the gut though, over-consumption of even some green veggies can be problematic. If I were you, I'd do a little research on the Paleo auto-immune protocol, SCD Diet or the GAPS Diet.

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383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on February 03, 2013
at 09:58 PM

unless they have little knives in their hands then the answer is no

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383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on February 04, 2013
at 03:08 AM

people tend to become overwhelmed by nitpicking. just eat healthy whole foods and work out. you don't need to avoid starches.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on February 04, 2013
at 03:15 AM

Couldn't have said it better myself. I've found that once you've got the fundamentals in place, there's pretty much an immediate onset of diminishing returns thereafter.

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B1076248dde479773e75044818e1878c

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:16 AM

I think it comes down to keeping a food journal and trying things. If you feel good after eating sweet potatoes, they are probably o.k. for you in moderation. In fact, many people need a little carb in the diet.

I have the autoimmune disorder Ankylosing Spondylitis. Some AS folks do fine on sweet potatoes while others end up in autoimmune flares. I can sometimes get away with eating them, but if my symptoms are flaring up, I avoid. My theory is that the sweet potato is still starchy and feeds bad bacteria in the gut. Our autoimmune is possibly triggered by Klebsiella P. bacteria, so this makes sense.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on February 04, 2013
at 12:19 AM

I want to try going without starches, but I'm just stumped for what carbs or plant foods I would eat instead.

B1076248dde479773e75044818e1878c

(458)

on February 05, 2013
at 12:28 AM

I do better with winter squashes, although if my symptoms are really flaring, I just stick to carrots, celery, lettuce, etc.

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on September 16, 2014
at 08:22 PM

I'd actually recommend eating sweet potatoes and squash regularly if you're just now cutting the wheat from your diet. These are foods that are completely acceptable even on a "strict" paleo diet, and they will give you energy now that your non-paleo starches are off the table. Paleo atheletes eat them all the time.

The only instance you should avoid them is if you have bad blood sugar control on top of celiac. If your blood sugar is fine, dive into a sweet potato!

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