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How to get massive amounts of carbs without eating potatoes and grains

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

How would one get massive amounts of carbs (think 200+ daily) eating paleo and not eating potatoes (incl. sweet) or any grains (incl. rice and buckwheat)?

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on January 20, 2013
at 03:45 PM

no, they're not. the science is a little... iffy in my book. but they're not paleo.

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:49 AM

squash are not that high in carbs, probably up to around 13 grams (starches & sugars) per 100 grams. you would need to eat a fair bit of squash to reach 200+ grams of carbs

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on January 20, 2013
at 03:16 AM

just checking, since you said 'massive amounts', you mean 200+ carb grams right? (not calories)

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on January 19, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Why can't you eat sweet potatoes?

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on January 19, 2013
at 09:06 PM

If you are going to rule out "Paleo carbohydrates" (starchy root veg), then I'm not sure just how Paleo eating "massive" amounts of carbs is.

You could try eating 30 bananas a day I suppose. Make sure you get a few bog rolls in.

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on January 19, 2013
at 09:00 PM

I eat a fair amount of carbs, The foods I use to replace potatoes and grain include:

Green Plantains (I make hash browns, plantain latkes, etc...) Turnips Carrots Parsnips

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on January 19, 2013
at 10:40 PM

Well, there are fruits. But if you're talking vegetables, how about winter squash, onions, carrots, turnips, beets, rutabagas, parsnips, peppers, green beans, etc.?

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on January 19, 2013
at 09:06 PM

How about lots of fruits?

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on January 20, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Quinoa is supposedly a seed rather than a grain...

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on January 20, 2013
at 12:00 PM

"Suffering" from Diabetes II will concentrate the attention.

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:29 AM

Sounds like you're trying to avoid starch (complex sugars). To get carbs without starch you need simple sugars. This means fruit, honey, etc. Dried fruit is more concentrated than fresh fruit. Unfortunately the danger is that you'll be eating sugar bombs to get enough carbs. Not sure how to mitigate that sort of damage. It's probably best to get some sort of combination of starches and simple sugars for one's carb intake, but of course certain health issues complicate this (certain forms of gut dysbiosis contraindicate starches, and then you have a problem as far as getting enough carbs is concerned, because while you may not be able to digest starches properly, simple sugars in large enough quantities to replace the lost starches cause problems of their own).

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:23 AM

Are legumes paleo? Either way, you should really consider them. Black beans, yummy!

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on January 20, 2013
at 03:45 PM

no, they're not. the science is a little... iffy in my book. but they're not paleo.

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on January 19, 2013
at 10:38 PM

First, there are different kinds of carbs. I think what you are referring to is the type of carb known as starch. I make a lot of winter squash for starch, as I seem to need at least a little starch to have energy. These squashes include kabocha, butternut, acorn, buttercup, and spaghetti. They are surprisingly easy to prepare and make delicious. If you want to get fancy, there are some great recipes for butternut-squash with coconut-milk soup, among others.

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:49 AM

squash are not that high in carbs, probably up to around 13 grams (starches & sugars) per 100 grams. you would need to eat a fair bit of squash to reach 200+ grams of carbs

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 19, 2013
at 09:13 PM

Having discounted potatoes & rice, looks like you may have to go for sugars rather than starches to meet your carb requirement, ie. fruits

dehydrated/dried fruits look to give the best carb bang for weight, eg. dehydrated apples/bananas/peaches/apricots...

here's a nutritiondata search for foods highest in total carbs within fruit products

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