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What's your favorite "safe" starch?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 12, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Battle of the starches. What's your fave? My personal favorite starch is plaintains because of the versatility. You can fry em, boil em, bake em and eat them like a banana when ripe. I've grown to like them more than the overated sweet potato or yam. What's your favorite safe starch?

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on May 13, 2013
at 04:10 AM

+1 for TRULY wild rice. in my opinion WILD food is paleo.

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

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on December 13, 2012
at 09:15 AM

I eat a lot of carotene-containing foods as it is, so I avoid extra amounts. I don't have health problems from it, but I don't like that it's giving my skin an orange tinge!

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on December 12, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I prefer my plantains cooked in coconut oil as opposed to olive oil. It is just my personal preference and they taste great either way.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on December 12, 2012
at 07:32 PM

do you avoid beta carotene? ive heard conflicting things here about people getting worse vision from eating too many sweet potatoes but then clearing it up with cod liver oil...

A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

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on December 12, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Yeahhhh, this made me remember a dish I tasted this summer which was rice cooked in lamb broth at a Middle Eastern restaurant. It was freakin' amazing.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Roast those parsnips in butter and ginger in the oven for me!

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on December 12, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I love plantains! I started cooking them after spending a summer in Guatemala, where I ate them daily. I always fry them in olive oil. Anyone on here try frying them in coconut oil? I haven't tried that yet.

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

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on December 12, 2012
at 09:42 AM

Rice cooked in stock with a little fat and salt is a staple for me. Plus one.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 12, 2012
at 04:55 AM

I get around 30g of carbs a day and wake up every morning to about 60mg ketones/dL. I'm actually looking forward to having a Maki roll in light of this new info.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Ohhh hey ive been reading about it on fitday and it actually does get digested like fiber.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I'm guessing since it just passes right through the gut without being fully broken down and assimilated, that you probably dont get much of the nutrients.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:57 AM

You can maintain ketosis while eating carbs? How many carbs do you eat daily?

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:49 AM

You can just add water to some braising shanks (when they're just about done) and season it right & then add the appropriate amount of rice... leave the meat & bones in and cover, cook per rice directions.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:45 AM

I made some Cuban tostones with coconut oil today. It was goooood!

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Alright I found some info and it doesn't really seem like a bad thing for me at all. Especially since I'm maintaining ketosis. I guess my question now is whether I'm able to leach any nutrients from the fibers? Also, the freezing really breaks down the texture, so it may not be the same as just 'cold' starch?

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I stopped eating starches with the fan on in my living room lol i also turn off the AC in my apartment now :( I just wanna digest all my food you know...

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Go to wikipedia(dot)com and in the search field type in Resistant Starch. There's also many articles that you'll find on google about resistant starch.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:39 AM

It's very simple and basic. May sound weird to you, but i love it. You should try it. Try eating it PWO to shuttle all those nutrients in you and to restore glycogen.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I didn't know that. And I can honestly say that's the worst news I've gotten all day. Which means I've had a great day, but still! Can you hook me up with a source or explain the chemistry?

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Sometimes after a workout i eat a big starchy carby meal of white rice, a sweet potato with skin on, and diced plaintains and onions with a little Kerrygold drizzled on top. Delicious. I always crave carbs during this time of the year lol.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:33 AM

That sounds good. Gotta try that one of these days....

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Hey did you know that cooking a starch and then letting it cool down to room temperature or colder(freezer) turns it into resistant starch. Resistant starch just passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed by the small intestine. Nontheless it sound good:)

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:26 AM

I'm off sweet potatoes temporarily. I've been eating them as my main carb source for the past year now. These past couple of weeks i've been eating more plantains, yuca and pumpkin. I think that rotating my staples keeps me sane and happy.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:22 AM

Note to self: Buy macadamia nut oil

0e1e1fb7cb5ba898eed1976f988cdc37

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:09 AM

We will cook butternut squash split in water, hollow out each half, add meat, and veggies, stuff it back in, let the flavors meld in oven, and it's so tasty!

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Try cooking some in coconut oil, sweet onion, and loads of cinnamon and nutmeg-- absolutely delicious. I can eat a pounds worth in a sitting. nom. nom.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Shit you took my answer!

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on December 12, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Note to self: buy plantains.

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4
Adf4f094f249d7a3b81c854981f867d4

on December 12, 2012
at 05:40 AM

Baked sweet potato fries seasoned with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and salt. Absolutely divine!

4
Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

on December 12, 2012
at 02:26 AM

rice cooked in very gelatinous bone broth with some dried seaweed thrown in the rice cooker finished with some pastured butter or coconut cream and salt. period.

A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

(321)

on December 12, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Yeahhhh, this made me remember a dish I tasted this summer which was rice cooked in lamb broth at a Middle Eastern restaurant. It was freakin' amazing.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:49 AM

You can just add water to some braising shanks (when they're just about done) and season it right & then add the appropriate amount of rice... leave the meat & bones in and cover, cook per rice directions.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:33 AM

That sounds good. Gotta try that one of these days....

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on December 12, 2012
at 09:42 AM

Rice cooked in stock with a little fat and salt is a staple for me. Plus one.

4
77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on December 12, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Butternut squash, roasted in some macadamia nut oil and butter. Mmmm so sweet and buttery. In fact, I'm about to cube some up right now! Im also gonna add sweet potatoes to my roast tonight.

0e1e1fb7cb5ba898eed1976f988cdc37

(284)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:09 AM

We will cook butternut squash split in water, hollow out each half, add meat, and veggies, stuff it back in, let the flavors meld in oven, and it's so tasty!

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Shit you took my answer!

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:22 AM

Note to self: Buy macadamia nut oil

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Try cooking some in coconut oil, sweet onion, and loads of cinnamon and nutmeg-- absolutely delicious. I can eat a pounds worth in a sitting. nom. nom.

4
0e1e1fb7cb5ba898eed1976f988cdc37

on December 12, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Sweet potatoes! You can do a lot with them and they are super yummy!

The person above made me think of butternut squash soup with bacon, the best!

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:26 AM

I'm off sweet potatoes temporarily. I've been eating them as my main carb source for the past year now. These past couple of weeks i've been eating more plantains, yuca and pumpkin. I think that rotating my staples keeps me sane and happy.

3
93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:09 AM

In addition to butternut squash, I really like parsnips steamed with cinnamon (I guess they are kinda starchy) as well as spaghetti squash-- it goes so well with meat sauce and has a slight sweetness. Of course you cannot go wrong with sweet potatoes steamed and mashed in coconut milk (mashed sweet potatoes) or if you do rice, made with coconut milk, cinnamon, and raisins for a pudding. Ahh the possibilities are endless..

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:39 AM

It's very simple and basic. May sound weird to you, but i love it. You should try it. Try eating it PWO to shuttle all those nutrients in you and to restore glycogen.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Sometimes after a workout i eat a big starchy carby meal of white rice, a sweet potato with skin on, and diced plaintains and onions with a little Kerrygold drizzled on top. Delicious. I always crave carbs during this time of the year lol.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Roast those parsnips in butter and ginger in the oven for me!

2
0f88641fb8088d0cdd1b5ef810b2d0a4

on December 12, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Rice! Being Asian, I adore rice. Rice with stir fry, fried rice, rice to soak up ginseng chicken soup, and on and on, mmm...

2
7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on December 12, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Minnesota wild rice

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 13, 2013
at 04:10 AM

+1 for TRULY wild rice. in my opinion WILD food is paleo.

2
0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on December 12, 2012
at 09:24 AM

I thrive on white potatoes. Tastier than sweet potatoes and lower in beta-carotene :) I oven/pan roast them in olive oil with fresh herbs. Yumm!

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on December 12, 2012
at 07:32 PM

do you avoid beta carotene? ive heard conflicting things here about people getting worse vision from eating too many sweet potatoes but then clearing it up with cod liver oil...

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on December 13, 2012
at 09:15 AM

I eat a lot of carotene-containing foods as it is, so I avoid extra amounts. I don't have health problems from it, but I don't like that it's giving my skin an orange tinge!

2
5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

on December 12, 2012
at 06:29 AM

I know it isn't "a starch" like we usually think of them, but the post above me made me think of this. I like to make carrot fries along with sweet potato fries and even bell pepper fries!

Just slice them all up in a "fry" shape, toss them in coconut or olive oil with some spices, and bake them until crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside!

Yummy!

1
9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on December 12, 2012
at 09:40 AM

Rice.

Few things are more perfect than risotto. If there's something that blends more perfectly with butter, porcini, marrow or great parmesan than arborio or vialone nano rice - I haven't discovered it.

Great sushi rice made by great sushi chefs and perfectly steamed basmati are unbeatable.

Points also to white and purple sweet potato, roasted and eaten with butter.

1
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on December 12, 2012
at 08:48 AM

Plain old sweet potatoes, or sticky rice wrapped in nori. What can I say, carbs have a way of making you crave more of them as is, without adding all that flavor enhancing spice and enticing fats to exacerbate this negative effect.

1
Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 12, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I like to roast off a dozen sweet potatoes in the skin and cool them immediately. Once chilled I peel them and freeze them individually in zip bags. I pull one a day. Let it thaw for an hour or so then eat it right out of the Baggie with a spoon. Half frozen it's like sweet potato sorbet... delicious...

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:57 AM

You can maintain ketosis while eating carbs? How many carbs do you eat daily?

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I didn't know that. And I can honestly say that's the worst news I've gotten all day. Which means I've had a great day, but still! Can you hook me up with a source or explain the chemistry?

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Ohhh hey ive been reading about it on fitday and it actually does get digested like fiber.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 04:55 AM

I get around 30g of carbs a day and wake up every morning to about 60mg ketones/dL. I'm actually looking forward to having a Maki roll in light of this new info.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Alright I found some info and it doesn't really seem like a bad thing for me at all. Especially since I'm maintaining ketosis. I guess my question now is whether I'm able to leach any nutrients from the fibers? Also, the freezing really breaks down the texture, so it may not be the same as just 'cold' starch?

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Go to wikipedia(dot)com and in the search field type in Resistant Starch. There's also many articles that you'll find on google about resistant starch.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Hey did you know that cooking a starch and then letting it cool down to room temperature or colder(freezer) turns it into resistant starch. Resistant starch just passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed by the small intestine. Nontheless it sound good:)

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I'm guessing since it just passes right through the gut without being fully broken down and assimilated, that you probably dont get much of the nutrients.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on December 12, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I stopped eating starches with the fan on in my living room lol i also turn off the AC in my apartment now :( I just wanna digest all my food you know...

0
4f828fd11d2d1d595a1653baa5e3e77b

on May 13, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Sweet potatoes & sliced grilled eggplant. Mmm.

0
5cb72179fcddcee6a6b570dc80269a1a

(78)

on May 13, 2013
at 12:06 AM

White rice.

But for what I eat the most of and is at the same time packed with nutrients? Sweet Potato. The orange flesh variety, organic, always.

For cheat days, and this is sacrilege here, I have Ezekial bread with organic butter or almond butter to go with my coffee for breakfast every now and then. Other than that, no appreciable source of grains:)

0
44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on December 12, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Salsify and beets.

0
0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

on December 12, 2012
at 05:42 PM

white potatoes with olive oil and all kinds of spices..sweet potatoes come in a close second.

0
A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

on December 12, 2012
at 05:03 PM

When it comes to life in the outside world, I'd have to say sushi rice.

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