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Are potatoes an acceptable or a "safe" starch?

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Are potatoes an acceptable or a "safe" starch?

Straight forward question.

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on December 29, 2012
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That third talk is one of my favorites. Big fan of the 30-70gram rule for most days, however I apply that to starch as I don't count carbs from leafy green vegetables

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unfortunately rosedale doesn't seem to understand what the 'safe' in safe starch refers to. he continually turns the conversation to a referendum on carbohydrate as a macronutrient. that's totally not the point. 'safe' describes the proteins and antinutrients - a lack thereof - that accompany the starch, and whether they have toxic effects.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Acceptable, not just a safe starch. Humans, as a species, have been eating roots and tubers for quite a while.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:18 PM

The term "safe-starch" as coined by the Jaminets just means the starch has little to no toxins associated with eating it.

Thats all the term was meant to mean. Others, who I assume didn't read the PHD book or choose not to understand it, have corrupted the term with other meanings, hence the debate.

Given the original definition, yes, potatoes are a safe-starch particularly when the peel is not eaten.

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on December 29, 2012
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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on December 29, 2012
at 07:50 PM

That third talk is one of my favorites. Big fan of the 30-70gram rule for most days, however I apply that to starch as I don't count carbs from leafy green vegetables

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Straight forward answer - YES. As long as you buy into the whole concept of safe starch. If you have been paying any attention the numerous debates (online, at AHS 11/12, etc), it really depends on what side you are on. If you consider starch to be safe for healthy individuals, then potato, cassava/yuca, white rice, sweet potato are all great sources.

On the other side of the debate, is someone like Dr Rosedale, who believes we should let the body determine our glucose needs (via gluconeogenesis), and therefore no carb/starch is safe.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:49 PM

unfortunately rosedale doesn't seem to understand what the 'safe' in safe starch refers to. he continually turns the conversation to a referendum on carbohydrate as a macronutrient. that's totally not the point. 'safe' describes the proteins and antinutrients - a lack thereof - that accompany the starch, and whether they have toxic effects.

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