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Carb alternatives to potato/sweet potato

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Hi there!

I need a certain amount of carbs a day. If I do not get them, it seemd that my body produces stresshormones that make me feel very uncomfortable. At least i guess that it is a question of stresshormones...

Potatos and sweet potatos are very nice sources for carbs, if one doesen`t mind about the high blood sugar they cause...but i do and do not want to rely on them as the only main carb sources which I use every day! I need alternatives to switch on once in a while. So, what alternative carb sources can you advide? They sould be preferably low in spiking blood sugar. As far as that is possible for carbs;-)

Greetings

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 21, 2012
at 12:05 PM

This was actually meant to be a comment in reponse to gn, and Butternut 11, alas...

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 01, 2011
at 10:41 AM

What are you sugar test readings afer consuming potatoes ?

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on March 01, 2011
at 08:42 AM

I`ve heard that too. I remember also reading somewhere, that the preparation method has impact on BG-levels. Can`t find the link anymore:-(

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 01, 2011
at 06:38 AM

And eat your potatoes always as a small part of a larger meal filled with fat and protein.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on March 01, 2011
at 02:05 AM

I believe it's the fructose that makes the bg spike slower. Fructose is absorbed via the liver, but glucose goes straight to circulation.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on March 01, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Blood sugars can improve after an extended time away from the SAD. In the meantime, would smaller, but more frequent meals be an option?

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Fruit is ok for me in moderation.

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 08:40 PM

No, and after reading this:http://huntgatherlove.com/content/yam-confusion-whole-new-world I´m not crazy about trying it;-)

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 08:37 PM

No, and after reading this: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/yam-confusion-whole-new-world I´m not crazy about it;-)

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 28, 2011
at 04:24 PM

+ for plantains

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 04:06 PM

I´ve testet my blood sugar after several meals with potatos etc. It goes up to 160, even if it is down at 100 +/- 5 after two houres again. But i´m familial prestessed (don`t know if this is the right term...), so I want to reduce risks. My father died due to diabetes complications.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on February 28, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Or maybe starches in a healed system don't destroy bloodsugar....alot of us have no issues with starches an spikes... Have you tested Yourself or trusting the SAD opinion on GI/GL?

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Maybe. But then I am already that much degenerated, that it does not suit to me anymore. Also I cann not afford to eat grass-fed meat exclusively.

7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

(1197)

on February 28, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Kind of reinforced the point that maybe we were just meant to eat meat ;-)

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 01:14 PM

yes..that would be great:-)

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Aahh..that sounds interesting!

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 12:45 PM

hmm..but they are also problematic in regard to cause high blood sugar I think! Gi and Gl are comparable to white bread.

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1340fe0b7e7b01683ea33042092e05d6

on February 28, 2011
at 01:03 PM

carrots, parsnips, beets, radish, coconut water, onions, any type squash, any type of berries.

Are you sure you are having high blood sugar after potato? Have you measured your postprandial?

If you are looking to meet some type of minimum carbohydrate intake per day that's higher than 75ish grams, it will be hard to do that on "low-GI/GL" veggies. Not impossible, but you will be eating heaps of green veggies at every meal.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on February 28, 2011
at 03:38 PM

I like squashes like butternut squash and acorn squash baked and then mushed up with some butter. Yellow squash and zucchini fry up nicely in coconut oil.

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C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

(1617)

on February 28, 2011
at 03:16 PM

After several years mostly without, I feel better with more starch as well.

Plantains cooked in coconut oil, yummy! There are lots more roots/tubers to try as well...yucca, taro, batatas, etc.

More temperate climate carbs can include chestnuts and winter squash.

I do sometimes have rice too.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 28, 2011
at 04:24 PM

+ for plantains

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4c10e254b4fd6a29f751bde27a2837d8

(323)

on February 28, 2011
at 01:04 PM

I don't really have an answer but have the same dilemma. White rice even in tiny amounts will send my sugars into the stratosphere!

Apparently the Glycemic load of of things like carrots, beets and squash is very low, despite a high GI still. You might get on better with these although I also find them a little troublesome.

It is a tad annoying that the least spikey carbs - wholegrains and beans - are also the most damaging to the gut in terms of antinutrients.

If only nature could have provided a slow release, digestible carb source!

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 01:14 PM

yes..that would be great:-)

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Maybe. But then I am already that much degenerated, that it does not suit to me anymore. Also I cann not afford to eat grass-fed meat exclusively.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on March 01, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Blood sugars can improve after an extended time away from the SAD. In the meantime, would smaller, but more frequent meals be an option?

7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

(1197)

on February 28, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Kind of reinforced the point that maybe we were just meant to eat meat ;-)

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 04:06 PM

I´ve testet my blood sugar after several meals with potatos etc. It goes up to 160, even if it is down at 100 +/- 5 after two houres again. But i´m familial prestessed (don`t know if this is the right term...), so I want to reduce risks. My father died due to diabetes complications.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on February 28, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Or maybe starches in a healed system don't destroy bloodsugar....alot of us have no issues with starches an spikes... Have you tested Yourself or trusting the SAD opinion on GI/GL?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 01, 2011
at 06:38 AM

And eat your potatoes always as a small part of a larger meal filled with fat and protein.

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5f0158c23fcb5636e57b4ce097784da0

(1386)

on February 28, 2011
at 11:15 PM

i like pre-cooked chestnuts, canned chickpeas, lentils and peas/carrots as carb alternatives. as a carby snack throughout the day a usually nibble on carrot sticks or eat a few tomatoes, and maybe an orange or two. i try to avoid apples tho (for digestive and high-fructose reasons).

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F52b51135f2c47eb46c986fdc9760b9b

on February 28, 2011
at 08:23 PM

How do you feel about fruit? Bananas, apples, oranges, grapes.... I guess the high fiber content makes the blood sugar rise less rapidly? Don't know from personal experinece, just from what I heard.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on March 01, 2011
at 02:05 AM

I believe it's the fructose that makes the bg spike slower. Fructose is absorbed via the liver, but glucose goes straight to circulation.

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Fruit is ok for me in moderation.

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03db20f160e58814827ae5a05a5c8792

on February 28, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Chestnuts

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/eat-this-chestnuts/

Beets (raw and cooked)

Carrots

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Aahh..that sounds interesting!

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0dc1d63c3d5975f5115f535c6a90c9dd

(2283)

on February 28, 2011
at 12:36 PM

Yuca, White rice, tapioca

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 12:45 PM

hmm..but they are also problematic in regard to cause high blood sugar I think! Gi and Gl are comparable to white bread.

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 21, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Two words:

CANNED PUMPKIN.

(Make sure you get 100% pumpkin and not "pumpkin pie mix," which has sugar added to it. I can eat plain canned pumpkin with a spoon. It's very yummy and sweet all on its own, but is even better with some cinnamon. You could warm it up a little and add butter...holy heaven.)

Lots of fiber and tons of beta carotene.

Okay, so that's way more than 2 words! =)

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C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

on June 21, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Fruit,Yams, and squash.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on June 21, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Do you have a Hispanic grocery store around? If you go to the produce section, there are all kinds of yams and sweet potatoes there - I'm currently working through the selection in my local store (tried yuca last week; this week it's boniato). If you're going for yuca, I recommend it boiled and mashed, with lots of butter - it's quite dry and tastes very "HI I'M A STARCH! STARCH! STARCH!" by itself.

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on June 21, 2012
at 11:57 AM

I've done the same (read a links re that but can't find it again...) Interesting reading though re boiling not raising gi/gl like baking. Makes sense, given conversion to sugar/caramelisation that goes on...

I think cold potatoes have 'reistant starch' that slows absorbtion too, in response to gn.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 21, 2012
at 12:05 PM

This was actually meant to be a comment in reponse to gn, and Butternut 11, alas...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 01, 2011
at 01:27 AM

i've read somewhere that the same potatoes have different effect on postprandial BG depending on whether they are eaten immediately after cooking or after they've been cooled - the latter ones seems not to cause acute spikes

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on March 01, 2011
at 08:42 AM

I`ve heard that too. I remember also reading somewhere, that the preparation method has impact on BG-levels. Can`t find the link anymore:-(

0
030167d1516b20d4a79f326dded608b0

on February 28, 2011
at 08:19 PM

Have you tried yams?

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 08:40 PM

No, and after reading this:http://huntgatherlove.com/content/yam-confusion-whole-new-world I´m not crazy about trying it;-)

38d45921e803c69a82a4ea765093b323

on February 28, 2011
at 08:37 PM

No, and after reading this: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/yam-confusion-whole-new-world I´m not crazy about it;-)

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