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What's the best carb (in general)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I can apparently get all the micronutrients from protein and fat but I'm having trouble getting carbs that agree with my stomach and I don't want to go under 80grams. I would go low carb but it sends my anxiety through the roof and makes my digestion worse which is the opposite of what i want

Potatoes seem to give me a stomach ache

Sweet potatoes not cheap and pretty much the same (I live in England)

Carrots are supposedly full of sugar

Peas are legumes

Nightshades are bad apparently

Grains and rice are no-nos

Spinach is not calory dense enough

Fruit is full of fructose

etc etc

I seem a bit hemmed in by carbs, is the answer a mixture of most of the above?

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on August 19, 2012
at 01:34 AM

utterly retarded. first of all Edamame is one of the worst foods on the planet as it is an active Estrogen mimicker. It also has very low carb content. F- food.

14e1dbdd25db00d2c9db36d6a695f6cb

(159)

on August 19, 2012
at 12:20 AM

Hell, yeah! I mean, NOOOOOO!!!!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 18, 2012
at 08:19 PM

I think he's talking about the glycogen found in dead animal meat.

541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on August 18, 2012
at 04:57 PM

have you tried a local asian grocer?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on August 18, 2012
at 02:14 PM

Are you serious? Edamame is soy. If you're on paleohacks (or the paleo community in general) and you're recommending soy, then you haven't read enough.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 18, 2012
at 09:51 AM

Care to elaborate?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 18, 2012
at 12:45 AM

@ HB- those are excellent choices. I really like to eat a Japanese sweet potato post-workout, but if I couldn't get my hands on any, I'd do about what you suggested. You may want to consider adding blueberries in too. If you're looking for ideas, a great breakfast with those carbs you've listed would be 1 softly boild egg, 1 cup of steamed spinach, and banana.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on August 18, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Does Cherry Garcia ice cream count as dead carbs?

C250cd5da05ca54ad3133630ff614573

(175)

on August 17, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Orange juice is my favorite source of carbs. The fructose in it doesn't seem to do anything bad to me.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 17, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I can't find mountain yam anywhere.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 17, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I figure you can have a little quinoa once in a while without too much harm.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 17, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Cheers guys tomorrow I will subsist on carrots, beetroots, tomatoes, spinach a banana and a whole load of meat and fat!

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 17, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Quinoa may be a seed, but it acts an awful lot like a grain...

904783c7d46605f219cae16fc3885438

on August 17, 2012
at 07:36 PM

edamame = legume, and not actually paleo though, right? or are you suggesting as a cheat/alternative to help OP along?

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Is that Puss-n-Boots talkin'? Cuz I am so mentally inserting a comma there...

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on August 19, 2012
at 12:56 AM

what is your age and activity level? any underlying medical diagnoses? do you respond poorly to nightshades and/or fruit?

Nightshades can be a problem for those with autoimmune - esp. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.

Starches (like potatoes, sweet potatoes) can be a problem for those with autoimmune or metabolic issues such as Ankylosing Spondlyitis.

Fruit are an issue for FODMAPS and certain people who have problems with fermentable carbohydrates.

Goitrogens - food that interact with thyroid function can be a problem for those with inadequate iodine, selenium AND eating large quantities of goitrogenic foods. See this post http://paleohacks.com/questions/111727/have-you-had-a-possible-iodine-and-or-selenium-deficiency-or-symptoms-of-it-on#axzz23fn3mg2u

Most normal people can eat nightshades and moderate amount of fruit.

Some people do better with cooked vegetables vs. raw.

Green beans or green peas once or twice a month for most people is not the end of the world.

Starchier vegetables include pumpkin, butternut squash (winter squashes) and fruits like banana, plantains, taro, cassava, yucca, etc.

Most people don't have a problem with carrots.

You need to test and see for yourself. Don't be so quick to exclude whole categories of food without testing 1 at a time. I know it's a pain but trust me when you figure it out you will be glad.

Another issue is as the gut heals in time, often old foods that caused problems in the past can slowly be introduced 1 at a time in small quantities. This happened with my husband with nightshades - now he can eat spicy chilies with no problems (we don't do it very often because I think it's not that healthy) but the point is if we want to eat a little spicy ethnic food once in awhile we can and not feel miserable like in the past. In the past he couldn't even eat tomatoes, eggplant, etc.

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Chocolate cake with ice cream

14e1dbdd25db00d2c9db36d6a695f6cb

(159)

on August 19, 2012
at 12:20 AM

Hell, yeah! I mean, NOOOOOO!!!!

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 17, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Have you tried celeriac, beets, winter squash, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga (Swedes)? How about plantains, African yams, or Chinese lily bulbs? And how about white rice, wild rice, quinoa or buckwheat?

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 17, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Quinoa may be a seed, but it acts an awful lot like a grain...

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 17, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I figure you can have a little quinoa once in a while without too much harm.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Carrots, beets and rutabagas. Don't go for anything else if you are sick with diabetes and autoimmune. I have already tried.

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698ef7c5031f5a6b779637aa558f839d

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:13 PM

edamame is a legume my friend

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Is that Puss-n-Boots talkin'? Cuz I am so mentally inserting a comma there...

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on August 20, 2012
at 06:19 AM

Personally, apart from leafy greens, courgettes and broccoli, I follow the Perfect Health Diet approach of white rice when I want some extra carbs (e.g. after heavy weights). Best thing about white rice is that it absorbs whatever you cook it in: for me, that's homemade bone broth and some turmeric.

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on August 18, 2012
at 01:59 PM

I eat peppers which are nightshades but they don't bother me. You might also try some Onions, or I eat a lot of Broccoli, it's not high carb, but it does have a couple grams a serving. I tend to eat a couple of cups everyday. Other carb sources for me are bananas from time to time, and I will make things with pumpkin in it, again not high carb but it has a decent amount in there.

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on August 18, 2012
at 09:00 AM

I find nightshades do wonders for me, although I noticed carrots affect me in a way (perhaps because they're boiled with skin?) Lately I am experimenting with low carb to see what it does to me.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on August 17, 2012
at 10:38 PM

The only good carb is a dead carb.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 18, 2012
at 09:51 AM

Care to elaborate?

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on August 18, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Does Cherry Garcia ice cream count as dead carbs?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 18, 2012
at 08:19 PM

I think he's talking about the glycogen found in dead animal meat.

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541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on August 17, 2012
at 06:12 PM

taro, japanese mountain yam, cassava (basically route vegetables) chestnuts, coconut meal, just to name a few.

541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on August 18, 2012
at 04:57 PM

have you tried a local asian grocer?

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 17, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I can't find mountain yam anywhere.

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:06 PM

In a word edamame. Great blend of carbs, protein and fat.

904783c7d46605f219cae16fc3885438

on August 17, 2012
at 07:36 PM

edamame = legume, and not actually paleo though, right? or are you suggesting as a cheat/alternative to help OP along?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on August 18, 2012
at 02:14 PM

Are you serious? Edamame is soy. If you're on paleohacks (or the paleo community in general) and you're recommending soy, then you haven't read enough.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on August 19, 2012
at 01:34 AM

utterly retarded. first of all Edamame is one of the worst foods on the planet as it is an active Estrogen mimicker. It also has very low carb content. F- food.

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