It's very likely that this has already been pored over, but what signs/symptoms indicate that you tolerate a high-carbohydrate load well? I can easily imagine what carb-intolerance looks like (metabolic syndrome), but about a person who tolerates (or thrives) on the higher carb side? As a former vegetarian of fifteen years, I was starving for fat and protein, but now that I've incorporated a copious amount of meat into my diet, I'm craving white potatoes (not refined sugar or other grains). Trying to figure out, basically, should I annihilate these potatoes I just bought or not?
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on June 25, 2014
at 01:45 AM
You can also increase your tolerance for foods like potatoes by either eating them raw (i.e. raw potato starch mixed into things) or cooked, then cooled (you can lightly warm them to consume). This causes some resistant starch to form, which is metabolized by the body more as a saturated fatty acid than a starch which breaks down into simple sugars.
And as far as determining your tolerance, the answer is to TEST. Test how you feel, test your blood sugar by getting a pre-consumption baseline and then test every 30 minutes or so until your blood sugar returns to the baseline. If your blood sugar spikes very high and takes a long time to come back to baseline, you are not tolerating the carbs well. You may be able to improve carb tolerance by consuming a lot of fat with it (just don't go overboard with the carbs when you are also consuming fat) or using more resistant so-called "safe" starches like tapioca, taro, green banana, plaintain, etc.
on June 23, 2014
at 09:20 AM
See the chart here:
It has to do with how many amylase producing genes you have. Your cravings don't necessarily mean that you do better on high carbs or not. We all need some carbs, it can be as low as 50g/day.
One good sign to know you don't tolerate carbs is that if you eat them in large amounts, you gain fat rapidly.