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Potatoes and Blood Sugar

Commented on November 24, 2014
Created June 26, 2011 at 1:11 AM

I heard that potatoes raise blood sugar more than sugar. Is this true? I've always thought potatoes were evil, why are so many paleos' enjoying them?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 27, 2011
at 10:41 AM

p.s. tons of paleo foods are highly poisonous, way more then potatoes

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 27, 2011
at 10:41 AM

You probably eat tons of neolithic foods. Potatoes are a tuber, tubers are paleo. By this reasoning we better all stop eating food that doesn't grow in africa or where ever you think humans evolved. That means no beef, almonds, strawberries etc. etc.

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:24 AM

Potatos are a neolithic food. No sane person could argue otherwise. The question is, does it matter? Are they good for you in spite of that?

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:23 AM

Potatos are neolithic.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:10 AM

Raw potatoes are not poisonous.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:14 AM

LOL @ "indoctrination phase". hahahaha, me too.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on June 26, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Potato's are poisonous raw (and contain small quanities of antinutrients even when cooked yes?), are nightshades and haven't been eaten for a long history. I don't know where people get off calling them 'paleo'... enjoy your beans and grains too... jeez

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:46 PM

They are paleo. Potatoes aren't just for taste there for glycogen and needed nutrients.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on June 26, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Organic berries with "tons of pesticides"? I work regularly with organic producers and farms are inspected regularly (at least here in Saskatchewan). If there are a lot of pesticides, the producer would immediately lose her/ his certification. It is very hard and expensive to get certification so not one farmer I know would allow pesticides. They create buffer zones with neighbouring conventional farmers.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Since I think most of us are peeling our potatoes anyway, I don't think the pesticides are that big of a deal. Berries, even organic, have tons of pesticides, and no one's warning against them.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Why aren't potatoes paleo?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:12 PM

@smart, what is that paleo path? simply look at the nutrient composition of a potato. then compare it to the vaunted sweet potato, not that im demonizing either - i love them both. no big difference. White potatoes are fine. Good source of dense starch that is the ultimate fuel for glycolytic activities, makes one feel good after eating it, easy to digest, tasty, cheap, etc. Whats not to love?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:10 PM

not me. but as a comment i'll chime in with: any processed consumable, to the extent that it is processed, will probably raise BS more so than otherwise. So, I would think that mashed potato would probably raise one's BS more so than, say, a baked potato. Not that I think that rise in BS is an issue that a healthy person needs to concern themselves with.

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Because your premise is flawed; You've assumed a food that raises serum glucose is bad, but that's just not true, unless you're diabtetic (or maybe pre-diabetic)

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 26, 2011
at 12:36 PM

Most of the pesticides reside in the peel according to studies.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 26, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Its ranked worse based on someones opinion. Not science, experience or history.

02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:23 AM

How does peeling them effect the amount of pesticides?

02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Are you guys being sarcastic?

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:02 AM

i am growing organic blue potatoes in my garden because my kids thought they looked cool. Do you know where they land?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:57 AM

great comment that goes unknown by too many!!! plus one.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I think they are evil too

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I had a baked potato last night (yes a white potato eeeek!), I felt so guilty.. but it was soooooo good.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:24 AM

Don't know about one of the healthiest but def good stuff. They do raise your blood sugar, yes. Any carbohydrate will. This is why our bodies produce insulin. No problems in and of itself at all.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:39 AM

The worst thing about potatos is white potatos have tons of pesticides if not organic. Sweet potatos are safer, less pesticides even if not organic and IMO they are quite healthy I feel great eating them unlike white potatos(and any other nightshade.)

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on November 24, 2014
at 01:13 AM

WTF @paleohacks?!? The type of potato doesn't determine whether or not it has been raised using pesticides, herbicides, or the like. Organic potatoes aren't necessarily healthier for us either. Sweet potatoes do have a different vitamin and mineral content.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 03:02 AM

i am growing organic blue potatoes in my garden because my kids thought they looked cool. Do you know where they land?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 26, 2011
at 12:36 PM

Most of the pesticides reside in the peel according to studies.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 26, 2011
at 01:57 AM

great comment that goes unknown by too many!!! plus one.

02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

(1813)

on June 26, 2011
at 07:23 AM

How does peeling them effect the amount of pesticides?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Since I think most of us are peeling our potatoes anyway, I don't think the pesticides are that big of a deal. Berries, even organic, have tons of pesticides, and no one's warning against them.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on June 26, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Organic berries with "tons of pesticides"? I work regularly with organic producers and farms are inspected regularly (at least here in Saskatchewan). If there are a lot of pesticides, the producer would immediately lose her/ his certification. It is very hard and expensive to get certification so not one farmer I know would allow pesticides. They create buffer zones with neighbouring conventional farmers.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:31 PM

What happened to me was I became diagnosed as a type II (BG 280, Hba1c - 13) diabetic shortly after the greatest potato harvest ever. These are organic potatoes on our farm. We ended up feeding them (cooked) to the chickens (along with our organic himalaya rice) Our chickens had a great winter, mind you.

As my diet totally changed (with exercise) and my glucose returned to manageable areas, (no meds)I remember one night my wife found a couple of those beautiful potatoes around and we agreed to bake them in the oven and eat them with butter and test myself for glucose.

So I ate the potato, and if my memory serves me right after one hour my Bg had shot to 134 or so. After 2 hours back to 116. Not bad, I said to myself.

But here's the thing, ok, maybe I can tolerate carbohydrate and not hit astronomical BG levels, but what for? The taste alone? I didn't like those BG levels although many doctors would say, "Fine, under control at that level".

I'll stick to Paleo. It just feels healthier inside.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Why aren't potatoes paleo?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:46 PM

They are paleo. Potatoes aren't just for taste there for glycogen and needed nutrients.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:41 AM

p.s. tons of paleo foods are highly poisonous, way more then potatoes

C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:23 AM

Potatos are neolithic.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on June 26, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Potato's are poisonous raw (and contain small quanities of antinutrients even when cooked yes?), are nightshades and haven't been eaten for a long history. I don't know where people get off calling them 'paleo'... enjoy your beans and grains too... jeez

C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:24 AM

Potatos are a neolithic food. No sane person could argue otherwise. The question is, does it matter? Are they good for you in spite of that?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:10 AM

Raw potatoes are not poisonous.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:41 AM

You probably eat tons of neolithic foods. Potatoes are a tuber, tubers are paleo. By this reasoning we better all stop eating food that doesn't grow in africa or where ever you think humans evolved. That means no beef, almonds, strawberries etc. etc.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:25 AM

Does any scientific person know how retrograding potato stacrh for mashed potatoes affect blood sugar levels?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:10 PM

not me. but as a comment i'll chime in with: any processed consumable, to the extent that it is processed, will probably raise BS more so than otherwise. So, I would think that mashed potato would probably raise one's BS more so than, say, a baked potato. Not that I think that rise in BS is an issue that a healthy person needs to concern themselves with.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 26, 2011
at 01:22 AM

Its based on glycemic index. Potatoes are 100% glucose, sucrose is half fructose which is low glycemic.

Potatoes/tubers are probably one of the healthiest plant foods imo

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 26, 2011
at 01:24 AM

Don't know about one of the healthiest but def good stuff. They do raise your blood sugar, yes. Any carbohydrate will. This is why our bodies produce insulin. No problems in and of itself at all.

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C1a9731f404b68be8f7e6a032b3395dd

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:55 AM

I get asthma-type symptoms from white potatoes. It's really bad - I wake up in the morning and have junk in my lungs like I've got bronchitis or something; by the end of the day though, it's mostly resolved. Potatoes are definitely not worth it, inho. I eat sweet potatoes several times a week now and never have after-effects with them.

I'm not sure if it's because white potatoes are a nightshade or what, I react to all grains too, so my body is pretty screwed up compared to most. I miss my homemade mashed potatoes though.

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:08 AM

I don't know where all y'all are coming from because the "Paleo path" I took in getting into this lifestyle has potatoes ranked as the WORST offender of all. I guess ultimately it depends on what it does to each individual... I haven't experimented yet, as I'm still on my indoctrination phase (started late Feb. 2011).

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 26, 2011
at 01:12 PM

@smart, what is that paleo path? simply look at the nutrient composition of a potato. then compare it to the vaunted sweet potato, not that im demonizing either - i love them both. no big difference. White potatoes are fine. Good source of dense starch that is the ultimate fuel for glycolytic activities, makes one feel good after eating it, easy to digest, tasty, cheap, etc. Whats not to love?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 26, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Its ranked worse based on someones opinion. Not science, experience or history.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:14 AM

LOL @ "indoctrination phase". hahahaha, me too.

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