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Anybody get gas on sweet potatoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 25, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Seriously, sweet potatoes no matter how long I cook them, I get gas. Normal potatoes no problem.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Agree with Crustacean on this.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on December 08, 2011
at 02:43 PM

That's interesting.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 26, 2011
at 02:00 AM

Is this a trick question?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on April 25, 2011
at 09:53 PM

found it. it's from a Feb 28 comment from his William Munny article: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/28/william-munny-eats-his-vegetables.html

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on April 25, 2011
at 09:50 PM

trying to find the link, but here is the exact quote from him: "Fair warning - eating cooked potatoes later when they are cold can give you gas due to resistant starch formation."

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on April 25, 2011
at 09:49 PM

I eat them cold too. It's still only immediately post workout and that's it for the day but they are indeed completely chilled, after having been baked in the morning.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on April 25, 2011
at 09:07 PM

Hey Kamal! And yes, that's right! Edward, how do you fair with other starchy foods (squash for instance)?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on April 25, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Interesting! You don't happen to have the link handy, do you?

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:07 PM

That's interesting.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:07 PM

It's not really a life or death situation, just curious if others get gas from them.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Always peel them unless I'm going to bake them in the skin, still don't eat the skin though.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Nope, just the sweet potatoes. Baked, boiled, soaked in butter, etc., no way around it. No problems with fruit or sugar or diary of any kind; only the sweet potatoes.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 25, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Where do you buy your true yams? chinatown? (ps, hi evan from last month's potluck!)

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on April 25, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Just a little fyi to all... Dr Harris says that starches left to return back down to room temperature after being cooked can give you gas because it becomes resistant starch.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on April 25, 2011
at 09:53 PM

found it. it's from a Feb 28 comment from his William Munny article: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/28/william-munny-eats-his-vegetables.html

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 25, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Interesting! You don't happen to have the link handy, do you?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on April 25, 2011
at 09:50 PM

trying to find the link, but here is the exact quote from him: "Fair warning - eating cooked potatoes later when they are cold can give you gas due to resistant starch formation."

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E4cbc9537f3c5190d8411315a5151b1d

on December 08, 2011
at 04:16 AM

Even though this an old thread, I do have possibly relevant information. Even though every "yam" we see in the grocery-mart is really a variety of sweet potato, I react quite differently to them. The orange skin/flesh "yam" gives me horrible gas and general intestinal distress, but the yellow skin/flesh sweet potato digests with no issues at all.

It might be worth doing an experiment to see if you have this same differential reaction.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Agree with Crustacean on this.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on December 08, 2011
at 02:43 PM

That's interesting.

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on April 25, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I doubt it's the fructose, since sweet potatoes actually have very little. Most of the sugar that makes them sweet is maltose, which is a glucose-glucose disaccharide. I eat a lot of sweet potato all the time and I don't experience this. I would agree with Jack that it might be the resistant starch that's feeding your microflora, although I eat them cold all the time and it still doesn't happen.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on April 25, 2011
at 09:49 PM

I eat them cold too. It's still only immediately post workout and that's it for the day but they are indeed completely chilled, after having been baked in the morning.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 25, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Do you eat the peels? This is where most of the indigestible stuff resides (as well as the bulk of the phytates and solanine).

If not, chances are it's a digestive intolerance for one of the compounds.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Always peel them unless I'm going to bake them in the skin, still don't eat the skin though.

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on April 26, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Not sure if I would get gas but I haven't eaten them often after figuring out they were giving me reflux. It's very strange considering very little gives me reflux anymore (used to be everything when I was a grain-aholic), so I don't eat them. I don't eat too many regular tubers but have not noticed any reflux from them. Butternut squash is my stand-in for sweet potatoes PWO (sometimes pumpkin).

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on April 25, 2011
at 08:28 PM

if i only eat them PWO I'm fine and gas-free however if i decide to have them again at dinner, then i'll definitely have gas. Poison in the dose for me. White potatoes do not seem to give me this issue at all.

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4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on April 25, 2011
at 08:08 PM

Yes sweet potatoes give me more gas than regular potatoes. It's due to their fructan content I believe. A certain amount of starch from regular potatoes gets through to the colon and is there fermented producing gas. With sweet potatoes, I think the fructans + whatever starch is left over fuel the anaerobes.

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8f4ff12a53a98f3b5814cfe242de0daa

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on April 25, 2011
at 07:14 PM

It could easily be an adaptation time period issue. That occurs whenever you increase fiber intake.

Even improperly prepared beans are supposed to not be gassy if you've been having them for a few months in sufficient quantity.

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Fd504de9b242f4cd7009db70af5e2121

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on April 25, 2011
at 07:01 PM

all taters give me gas if eaten everyday

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:07 PM

That's interesting.

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1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on April 25, 2011
at 06:46 PM

I have this issue too. Do you have problems with fructose/simple sugars? There are a fair amount in sweet potatoes. You could try a "true yam". I like the Japanese varieties and they are mostly starch.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on April 25, 2011
at 09:07 PM

Hey Kamal! And yes, that's right! Edward, how do you fair with other starchy foods (squash for instance)?

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on April 25, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Nope, just the sweet potatoes. Baked, boiled, soaked in butter, etc., no way around it. No problems with fruit or sugar or diary of any kind; only the sweet potatoes.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 25, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Where do you buy your true yams? chinatown? (ps, hi evan from last month's potluck!)

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