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Nauseous after sweet potato?

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Created July 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

I've never had trouble eating sweet potatoes before, but today I made sweet potato hash browns with some cinnamon and coconut oil and feel very nauseous now. Has anyone ever experienced this with sweet potatoes? I ate them post workout, on an empty stomach and I haven't had sweet potatoes in about a week or so. I'm wondering if it was just too many carbs for my system or too sweet...just not sure.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on December 27, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Thanks Kelly! I didn't know multiple people here don't tolerate sweet potatoes. I believe I don't tolerate them either, since I introduced them I started to get eczema on random occasions.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I know it wasn't the coconut oil and I've never had that reaction from a sweet potato before. I really think that I had a bad one.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 01, 2011
at 08:08 PM

there are lots of different kinds of yams. not all of em are "big brown and ugly" but many are!

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on July 30, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I've seen true yams at some ethnic markets around town (I live in Orlando FL, so we have Indian, Hispanic, and Asian specialty stores).

2d4ff23c8ce7fb00708fa88ceffd4087

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on July 30, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Dam, I need to find me some of those somewhere.

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on July 29, 2011
at 11:32 PM

The things in the picture with the man and the lady are actually yams. True yams, as opposed to the variety of sweet potato that we call yams, are big, brown, and ugly looking. Sweet potatoes (sometimes called yams) are typically what you find in grocery stores.

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on July 29, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Whole coconut (as opposed to coconut oil) can sometimes disagree with me. I felt abdominal pain after eating raw coconut meat a few weeks ago.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:15 PM

I did add more coconut cream concentrate this time and I usually just use coconut oil, so that's a good possibility. Thanks Jeff! It's nice to know that others have experienced similar reactions.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

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on July 29, 2011
at 11:13 PM

I agree, they are labeled wrong in the store sometimes. They are yams that I eat, not sweet potatoes. :-)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 29, 2011
at 09:38 PM

I think sweet potatoes are harvested in the fall. July-August I start to notice a decrease in quality until the new crop. I wonder if they might've treated it with something to keep it fresh, and you're having a reaction to that?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 29, 2011
at 09:36 PM

i should clarify. Most of the common varieties of SP are yellow inside, but they can be darker depending on what type you get.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 29, 2011
at 09:33 PM

yams are orange inside. sweet potatoes are yellow inside. they are often mislabeled in the stores.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

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on July 29, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I sure hope that I'm not developing a bad reaction to them, because I love sweet potatoes. I'm hoping it was just this time.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:19 PM

It's the same kind of sweet potato I always get, orange color inside.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I may have gotten a bad one. It's really strange, but my daughter ate the same thing and she didn't feel bad. Thanks for your thoughts.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:03 PM

I eat coconut oil by the spoonful on a regular basis, so I doubt it was that. My system is used to it.

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

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on July 29, 2011
at 08:49 PM

MCTs in coconut oil can cause nausea. How much did you consume and was it an unusual amount for you?

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on July 29, 2011
at 08:48 PM

MCTs in coconut oil can cause nausea. How much did you consume?

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 29, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Liesl,

You may have gotten a bad one. That's not impossible. Sounds like this is abnormal for you and that sweet potatoes don't usually give you this problem.

Another thing to consider is that some people react to sweet potatoes. I remember Chris Masterjohn mentioning that he cannot eat sweet potatoes because an element in them causes severe issues for him and they even cause him actual pain.

I doubt that it's too many carbs or that the sweetness level has anything to do with it.

Hope you feel better soon.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I sure hope that I'm not developing a bad reaction to them, because I love sweet potatoes. I'm hoping it was just this time.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I may have gotten a bad one. It's really strange, but my daughter ate the same thing and she didn't feel bad. Thanks for your thoughts.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:38 PM

I think sweet potatoes are harvested in the fall. July-August I start to notice a decrease in quality until the new crop. I wonder if they might've treated it with something to keep it fresh, and you're having a reaction to that?

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 29, 2011
at 10:50 PM

It may well have been too much coconut oil. I have gotten nauseous on a couple of occasions after consuming either too much coconut cream, and also a couple times after too many sweet potatoes with a ton of butter in them.

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(19479)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Whole coconut (as opposed to coconut oil) can sometimes disagree with me. I felt abdominal pain after eating raw coconut meat a few weeks ago.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:15 PM

I did add more coconut cream concentrate this time and I usually just use coconut oil, so that's a good possibility. Thanks Jeff! It's nice to know that others have experienced similar reactions.

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Medium avatar

(19479)

on July 29, 2011
at 08:55 PM

Is it a different variety of sweet potato? Do you think you might have accidentally consumed a yam?!

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51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:19 PM

It's the same kind of sweet potato I always get, orange color inside.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:13 PM

I agree, they are labeled wrong in the store sometimes. They are yams that I eat, not sweet potatoes. :-)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:33 PM

yams are orange inside. sweet potatoes are yellow inside. they are often mislabeled in the stores.

2d4ff23c8ce7fb00708fa88ceffd4087

(408)

on July 30, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Dam, I need to find me some of those somewhere.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 29, 2011
at 09:36 PM

i should clarify. Most of the common varieties of SP are yellow inside, but they can be darker depending on what type you get.

Medium avatar

(19479)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:32 PM

The things in the picture with the man and the lady are actually yams. True yams, as opposed to the variety of sweet potato that we call yams, are big, brown, and ugly looking. Sweet potatoes (sometimes called yams) are typically what you find in grocery stores.

Medium avatar

(19479)

on July 30, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I've seen true yams at some ethnic markets around town (I live in Orlando FL, so we have Indian, Hispanic, and Asian specialty stores).

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 01, 2011
at 08:08 PM

there are lots of different kinds of yams. not all of em are "big brown and ugly" but many are!

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6b765d76e159d3dad05ffab008ddfd5f

on January 16, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I am having this same problem right now, very nauseous after a meal consisting of eggs, coconut oil and 2 sweet potatoes. The thing is, I usually tolerate all of them with no problem, but there was another incident when I ate a warmed up sweet potato and had this same nausea afterwards.

maybe you just hit a bad one from time to time..

this was also a rare ocasion where I bought a non organic one, though I doubt that pesticides would have that much of an effect..

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on May 15, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Sounds like alot of guesswork. Eat each of these things separately, and test them out.

If none of them do anything, I'd say you might've just hit a bad batch.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 01, 2011
at 08:43 PM

people here blame coconut oil, but for me it is completely not surprising: i always get nauseous even from small quantities of sweet potatoes (i also feel like my stomach turns into acid pool or something)

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I know it wasn't the coconut oil and I've never had that reaction from a sweet potato before. I really think that I had a bad one.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on August 01, 2011
at 07:47 PM

both coconut oil or coconut in larger quantities (1tb will do it) for me make me ill.

Also, the one time I ate a sweet potato I got extremely ill, nausea, chill like as well. I think it might have been too much of an insulin response.

Haven't tried one since, but I'd like to try it again if I get the chance, only in a much smaller portion. I've been slowly upping my coconut usage in all forms, small amount don't bother me too much. Just can't over do it!!

Try and experiment with a smaller quantity and see it that has anything to do with it?

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on December 27, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Thanks Kelly! I didn't know multiple people here don't tolerate sweet potatoes. I believe I don't tolerate them either, since I introduced them I started to get eczema on random occasions.

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