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Potatoes vs. Fruit

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Every time I eat sweet potatoes I see an adverse reaction as in I get bloated in the stomach and am hungry shortly after eating a fulfilling meal. However when i eat fruit, I feel light and energetic and full for hours. Any cravings disappear. If I pair fruit with coconut milk I have no problem. But pair coconut milk with sweet potatoes and my stomach gets huge.

So what's your experience with potatoes and fruit? Which one do you enjoy eating more and why? Why do you think my body has these reactions to sweet Potato over fruit (even when there's more sugar)? Also what are your general opinions on the two foods groups I.e. which one do you favor?

Thanks for the input!

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(2338)

on October 06, 2012
at 02:36 AM

this has not been my experience at all. in fact, quite the opposite.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on September 12, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Same here!!! I no longer do potatoes but have lost weight eating berries every day!

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on August 27, 2012
at 11:37 AM

The effect is most noticeable with grains and tubers, but even if I make dried bean salads and eat it every day, my weight starts creeping up.

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on August 27, 2012
at 08:59 AM

Do you find any differences between the starches in initiating overeating?

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on August 27, 2012
at 08:58 AM

Do you find any differences between the starches is initiating overeating?

54f75fb54778cfa947990bec1175307a

(665)

on August 27, 2012
at 04:20 AM

So far I've got the best results with red grapefruit, strawberries. Trying to be careful though: bananas give me heartburn right away for whatever reason, grapes induce bloating.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

What kind of fruits do you consume?

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 27, 2012
at 02:14 AM

I have a hard time assessing my body's reactions. I hardly eat rice but when I do it seems to bloat me and like potatoes I want to eat a lot to become full.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 27, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Haha nice pun :)!

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(5150)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Eh, idk about the taste thing. I much prefer "savory" foods like meat and potatoes over sweet-for-5-seconds-on-your-tongue.

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(5150)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:46 AM

Starch is significantly more difficult to digest than sugar.

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(12682)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I second Bill's question, it could be a starch digesting problem.

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(6719)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:18 PM

How do you do with white rice?

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93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on September 12, 2012
at 10:17 PM

I have eliminated potatoes and feel much better! I am now eating fruit and feel energized and light. Thanks to all for helping me reach this conclusion. Sometimes it is better not to know the science behind our bodies and just eat what seems to work for us :).

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Starches make me very hungry and drive me to overeat; fruit does not have that effect.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on August 27, 2012
at 11:37 AM

The effect is most noticeable with grains and tubers, but even if I make dried bean salads and eat it every day, my weight starts creeping up.

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on August 27, 2012
at 08:58 AM

Do you find any differences between the starches is initiating overeating?

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on August 27, 2012
at 08:59 AM

Do you find any differences between the starches in initiating overeating?

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(2338)

on October 06, 2012
at 02:36 AM

this has not been my experience at all. in fact, quite the opposite.

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on August 27, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Introducing Yams and removing fruit has kicked started me back into weight loss and gives my mind better clarity...I eat berries (mostly blue berries, at least a half a pound a day) instead of the fruit and I THRIVE...

Sounds like you're well on your way too a bit of an elimination "diet"...at least you're focusing in on your personal speed bump...I'm sure you'll figure it out and goood luck!

Truth.

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on August 27, 2012
at 01:30 AM

I've read your question and all the answers several times. I, personally, do not have problems with either sweet potatoes or fruit as long as I do not overeat either of them. Overeating seems connected with bloating but not eating moderate amounts of either.

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0156dcc25110efb6351e5308fbe57b86

on August 26, 2012
at 11:27 PM

My father's bothered by sweet potatoes as well, but in a different way. If he eats anything that's starchy or sugary in the morning or afternoon (including sweet potatoes) it gives him an instant headache. He still hasn't figured that one out. Especially because if it's the evening, he can chow down a whole pint of ice cream and be fine!

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(2338)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:23 PM

on taste alone fruit wins in a landslide but for performance i dig potatoes. no pun intended ;)

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 27, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Haha nice pun :)!

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Eh, idk about the taste thing. I much prefer "savory" foods like meat and potatoes over sweet-for-5-seconds-on-your-tongue.

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D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I have noticed the same reaction to the regular orange sweet potatoes. If I eat a few bites, it makes me want to eat tons of them. And I end up feeling bloated and having poor digestion.

Asian/Korean sweet potatoes (the ones with the purplish skin and white flesh) seem to not give me the same issues. They are less watery and, I think, more delicious. Same for purple-fleshed sweet potatoes.

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7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

on September 11, 2012
at 05:20 PM

There is a sugar in sweet potatoes many people ca not digest.I skip sweet potatoes but do fine with fruit.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on September 12, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Same here!!! I no longer do potatoes but have lost weight eating berries every day!

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54f75fb54778cfa947990bec1175307a

on August 27, 2012
at 01:12 AM

Hm, I think I have similar issue. Actually I gained a lot of weight doing paleo with starches. Then I tried low carb but felt too sad. Now I've introduced fruits instead of starches and it seems to be working better. I felt sleepy after straches but raw fruits give me energy and improve digestion of meat.

Probably has to do something with vitamins, enzymes and acid present in raw fruits. Btw, can't overeat them due to acidity but there was no limit on how much starches I could eat.

54f75fb54778cfa947990bec1175307a

(665)

on August 27, 2012
at 04:20 AM

So far I've got the best results with red grapefruit, strawberries. Trying to be careful though: bananas give me heartburn right away for whatever reason, grapes induce bloating.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

What kind of fruits do you consume?

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 27, 2012
at 01:04 AM

I have been shying away from my beloved Japanese sweet potatoes almost all summer long! However, I've been drinking a protein shake post workout which has some glucose that I find necessary for performance (been experimenting with differing blends of dextrose, waxy maize, and maltodextrin). My other meals have been an omelette with blueberries in the morning and seafood (sometimes chicken) with salad for lunch and dinner. Before bed I've been doing cottage cheese or Greek yogurt with almonds. The only food starch I've been eating is about 1x per week, and I get either filet mignon with pureed potatoes and french beans or a grilled lamb chops with a chickpea panisse and golden raisins. mmmm. way better than my boring roasted sweet potato with chicken.

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(1784)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Fruits satisfies me way better than starches - tastes better too

I don't know the logistics of it - ask a boichemist if you're curious

but it's related to the hormonal cascade triggered by the liver glycogen stores being refilled

(whatever, i call it magic, but hey, if it works...)

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on October 05, 2012
at 10:08 PM

fruits just dont fill me up, and sweet potatoes makes me want to eat more starch so i gatta have it with chicken;)

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(110)

on September 13, 2012
at 01:56 AM

i'm fine with sweet potatoes and potatoes. high-sugar fruits like apples and mangoes tend to cause bloating for me.

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