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Created January 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I have been reading lots and lots of paleo blogs, as I am a relative newbie (though dairy and gluten free for a good long while now) and trying to absorb as much as I can. I read, somewhere, that vegetables should not be counted as part of one's daily carb intake, as the body does not treat them like carbs in the same sense as, say, a piece of bread. I understand glycemic load theory and all of that, but can that be right? Right now I am measuring and counting and using Fitday, until I generally get a handle on what and how much of everything I am eating. So, should I count that cup of brocolli or cauliflower or green beans, and allow them to tally into my daily carbs, or not? Thanks for your help.

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That's what always tell people, just so it's straight forward: paleo ain't low carb but if you do want to lose wait just ditch the starch.

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on January 13, 2011
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If you do indeed want to endeavor upon counting everything then yes absolutely any carbohydrates that you take in your body count as carbohydrate. Simple. Whether they come from broccoli, sweet potato, or table sugar.

I'm not saying that they are all equally nutritious or otherwise, just that yes indeed they are burned first by your body,before your fat stores. Thats what most people are concerned with when talking carbs anyway.

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on January 12, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Most people who count carbs, count everything with carbs. I count the carbs in liver, egg yolks, and cream, as well as vegetables. (I don't eat fruit, grains or legumes.)

It is perfectly fine to eat the vegetables you've listed.

If you haven't had a chance to read Dr. Kurt Harris' "Get Started" guidelines, they might be of use to you.

http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/


Barry Groves website, "Second Opinions" has a good food list. It is in his section about eating to control diabetes, but is a useful list for those on a Paleo or Pastoral food plan.

http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/foods.html


Dr. Richard Bernstein's diet, is also excellent, even for those who are not diabetic. His explanations of which foods raise blood sugar, how much and how quickly, are very worthwhile reading.

Here are parts of his book online:

http://www.diabetes-book.com/readit.shtml


It is important to choose a food plan based on sound science.

The food plans explained in the aforementioned websites are excellent plans. You can adapt them for your own needs, preferences, health history/parameters, genetic background, etc. I have found that I refer to these websites frequently.

It's great that you are putting your health first.

I wish you much success with your food plan.

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on January 12, 2011
at 11:43 PM

You should definitely count them if you're trying to count the percentage of your total caloric intake. By saying this, I'm assuming you're trying to count your fat and protein intakes as well. Although their glycemic load is less than a piece of wonder bread, vegetable carbohydrates, except fiber, will be metabolized by your body into the same ratio of 4 kcalories per gram.

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on January 12, 2011
at 05:45 PM

From a paleo perspective, you should not have "green beans" since beans, with wheat, others grains and trans fats are the worst foods you can have. In terms of your nutrition, some paleo gurus like Dr Cordain are not low carb, meaning that if a food is accepted you do not need to count carbs, as in broccoli, squash, sweet potatoes, etc. But if you are worried about total carb. intake, then you should count them !

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on January 12, 2011
at 09:05 PM

It seems far more useful to limit the grams of sugars instead of the grams of carbs. As such, these vegetables contain mostly starch and are thus far better. Choosing not to eat a particular nutrient dense vegetable based on carb content seems misguided.

That being said, if your goal is to lose weight, you may want to not go crazy with starchy tubers (i.e. piles of sweet potato with every meal).

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on January 13, 2011
at 02:29 AM

That's what always tell people, just so it's straight forward: paleo ain't low carb but if you do want to lose wait just ditch the starch.

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