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Less harmful carbs?

Commented on November 20, 2013
Created November 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Hello everyone.

I've been eating more or less low-carb paleo for some years with excellent results. I'm a degree student and I think that if I don't have something like 20 grams of carbs in my breakfast my mental focus and capabilities for studying are seriously affected. For some time I've been taking them from whole wheat bread (two slices everyday, which makes 18-20grams), but I think it just doesn't fit paleo lifestyle. If you had to take only 20 grams a day of DIGESTIBLE carbs, where would you take them from? Could those 20 grams of starchy carbs be replaced by fruit, which seems more paleo, for example?

BTW, I'm a type 1 diabetic.

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on November 20, 2013
at 08:34 PM

Where do you order sweet potatoes by the box from? I find myself buying them every week... Sometimes several times. Then again, I like variety and am always getting different looking/tasting sweet potatoes from different sources. I figure this is also some how more "well rounded"... Still though, where do you order them?

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on November 20, 2013
at 08:12 PM

I agree sweet potatoes take 1.5-1.75 hours at 400* to bake. I love them though and plan ahead. I could easily eat 1lb with my .5-.75 ground beef and mixed green salad. Carbs are great for me.

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on November 20, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Potato requires substantial preparation unless you're the stoic type and will just pop it in the microwave and eat it plain for fuel. You'll also probably not want to eat a whole one.

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on November 20, 2013
at 07:52 PM

It may well be a better energy boost since less digestion is required to get to the meat (err sugar) of the issue. I would strongly suggest considering banana over apples because the fructose/glucose balance is better and they have a good amount of starch. The boost you experience will be closer to the bread in overall "feeling".

This is one case where the only way to know is to try it out. Buy a half dozen apples and eat them in the mornings for a week. See how it makes you feel. Try it with bananas. Try it with blueberries. Try it with rice cakes. See how you do...

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Thank you gentlemen!

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Rice crackers are also more processed than the white potato, so the potato is the better choice.

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:43 PM

Neither are harmful. One is simply more nutritious than the other. I'd go with potato, but it's personal preference for taste more than anything.

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Thank you :)

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Yes white potatoes are fine. You can also order sweet potatoes by the box and have them delivered to your home. Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than white potatoes but they are virtually identical from a nutritional standpoint.

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on November 20, 2013
at 08:34 PM

Where do you order sweet potatoes by the box from? I find myself buying them every week... Sometimes several times. Then again, I like variety and am always getting different looking/tasting sweet potatoes from different sources. I figure this is also some how more "well rounded"... Still though, where do you order them?

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:25 PM

Sweet potatoes are difficult to find where I live, could white potatoes work?

What would be less harmful, to eat rice crackers or white potato?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:43 PM

Neither are harmful. One is simply more nutritious than the other. I'd go with potato, but it's personal preference for taste more than anything.

8c64078c1aa9a61308a530fa28e8cd8a

on November 20, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Thank you gentlemen!

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(624)

on November 20, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Potato requires substantial preparation unless you're the stoic type and will just pop it in the microwave and eat it plain for fuel. You'll also probably not want to eat a whole one.

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:18 PM

IMHO Sweet Potatoes are the best source of carbs... I eat 12oz-1lb with my breakfast in the morning and 10oz-1lb for dinner. lets just say i eat a tremendous amount of sweet potatoes ha. Low carb sucks for me i try to get in a minimum of 150g a day all from sweet potatoes.

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on November 20, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Thank you Methodician, I was thinking on 200 grams of apple, which would make 20-30 grams of carbs. My only question is if that fructose would give me the same ''energy boost'' that carbs from bread give me.

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on November 20, 2013
at 07:52 PM

It may well be a better energy boost since less digestion is required to get to the meat (err sugar) of the issue. I would strongly suggest considering banana over apples because the fructose/glucose balance is better and they have a good amount of starch. The boost you experience will be closer to the bread in overall "feeling".

This is one case where the only way to know is to try it out. Buy a half dozen apples and eat them in the mornings for a week. See how it makes you feel. Try it with bananas. Try it with blueberries. Try it with rice cakes. See how you do...

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on November 20, 2013
at 02:11 PM

Most modern fruit is high in fructose but at 20 grams I'm not sure the ~10 grams of fructose is anything to worry about.

Arguably, the best paleo carb source is sweet potato but that's more if you're looking for 100-200 grams per day.

If it's really just the dose of carbohydrate you're looking for in a simple, easily repeatable, easily digestible way I'd suggest white rice or rice crackers/rice cakes. Pretty pure carb with very little antinutrient (and very little nutrient).

However, on general principal, I'd go back to say that fruit is your best bet, especially at those low numbers and due to the convenience factor of fruit in the morning.

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