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what about sweet potatoes, quinoa, and tofu?

Answered on August 02, 2015
Created December 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

According to some, quinoa is not technically a grain and moreover sweet potatoes aren't considered to be as starchy as their golden cousins.

Are these two allowed when eating paleo?

Also, what about tofu? It's technically made from soybeans which are a bean... technically not allowed.

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on January 05, 2013
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I agree with Renee. Quinoa is debatable. I have never heard of it being a safe starch for paleo. In Robb Wolf's book, he talks about the saponins in quinoa and that was enough to scare me off quinoa for life. I would avoid it completely, soaked or not.

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Robb Wolf is not big on quinoa at all in the Paleo Solution. Saponins and the like.

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on December 19, 2012
at 10:05 AM

Sweet potatoes are considered a "safe starch" by most in the paleo or primal community. Quinoa are generally considered okay.

Tofu on the other hand being soy, means it is primarily a GMO product, heavily doused in pesticides and is a phytoestrogen. Meaning, soy might mess with your natural estrogen hormone levels.

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on December 19, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Quinoa is fairly benign, but also not nutrient dense. I believe it still needs to be soaked overnight?

Soy should be avoided at all costs. It is GMO, it has leeched aluminum during processing, it messes with estrogen levels, attacks the thyroid, causes impotence in men and infertility in both men and women...

...the occasional fermented bit of soy is okay.

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on January 05, 2013
at 04:25 AM

I don't know where you got your info on quinoa, but it is a very nutrient rich food, with quite a few great benefits. Lots of good info here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice I am seriously considering going paleo, and am glad quinoa is technically considered a "safe" food for the diet. I think I'd still keep my consumption quite moderate, though. Just ate some and am burping, so maybe not a great one. :) but it is nutrient rich, for sure, and is a complete protein all on its own. It does not need to be soaked and takes 15-20 minutes to cook.

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on January 05, 2013
at 06:31 AM

Robb Wolf is not big on quinoa at all in the Paleo Solution. Saponins and the like.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:34 PM

I agree with Renee. Quinoa is debatable. I have never heard of it being a safe starch for paleo. In Robb Wolf's book, he talks about the saponins in quinoa and that was enough to scare me off quinoa for life. I would avoid it completely, soaked or not.

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