I always had difficulties with digesting veggies in general. After 6 months in full ketosis and consuming no more than 30 grams of veggies per day (only lettuce and avocado) I reintroduced other vegetables and fruits.
I suspect I had SIBO and now seems to be much better.
The only problem is with cooked vegetables (in particular zucchini and spinach). I was wondering if there might be an issue with the fact that when cooking vegetables the enzymes content gets "killed" and this could trigger digestive discomfort?!
Secondly, I do much better in digesting raw veggies when I add some boiled potatoes (at every meal). What could be the reason? Is it possible that potatoes speed up the transit in the digestive tract avoiding heavy fermentation from the pathogens?
Thanks a lot.
asked byMichael_28 (261)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on July 03, 2013
at 12:33 PM
Zucchini and spinach aren't the easiest vegetables to digest in the first place. Are you saying you can eat raw zucchini fine but cooked zucchini gives you issues? That would be very strange. Typically cooked veggies are easier to digest. I'd consider switching p the vegetables, finding ones that yo enjoy and digest better and consuming more of those. Like cooked broccoli might work for example.
on July 03, 2013
at 06:37 PM
Interesting. I shouldn't get involved due to my severe lack of knowledge but isn't amylase involved in starch digestion?
I see you mention you have little amylase production so it's interesting that eating boiled potatoes would help things as they have much more starch compared to the other vegetables mentioned.
Many vegetables starch content is increased upon cooking i think [not always the case] but might be a possible explanation for the raw/cooked thing? although as i said the potato factor would point towards something else.
I had a theory SIBO may be caused by lower levels of amylase/problems with amylase production etc leading to malabsorption of starch etc - along with malabsorption of God knows what else.
There is a link between starch and hence amylase and pathogenic bacteria i believe - Klebsiella etc
Link i just found could well be junk:just an example