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Sweet Potato Intolerance...

Commented on March 14, 2015
Created September 02, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This question is prompted from the question posted about "most intolerant tuber"

Of all the answers listed, everyone put the same tuber, the Sweet Potato.

Out of curiousity, I'm wondering what we have in common that makes us intolerant to the same food, maybe it will shed some light on whats happening to us here.

If you are intolerant to the Sweet Potato please list some relevant information about you:

  1. What is your intolerance? ie: gas, digestive issues, sugar spike

  2. How long after eating it do you feel its negative effects and for how long?

  3. Are you also dealing with digestive or other issues? list for comparison.

  4. How often do you eat them? have you noticed an increase or decrease in tolerance?

  5. Any other factors you feel are relevant?

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(1097)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Do you have to? I say give her a small spoonful (maybe even teaspoon full) if you really want her to be able to eat them. But if you just don't want to deal with it, there are other ways for her to get her nutrients.

8ccd884afc71bb179236a21f272af66d

(174)

on January 21, 2012
at 05:12 AM

Just looked up resistant starch and bananas have a large amount and I have no prob with them--there must be something else going on with the yams

8ccd884afc71bb179236a21f272af66d

(174)

on January 21, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Thanx--any suggestions how to up my ability to digest the stuff?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 20, 2012
at 01:18 AM

That might be a clue. :-))

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(39821)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:25 AM

The levels of raffinose present after cooking are basically undetectable...it's the resistant starch that does it.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on September 02, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Exact same experience as me. I could eat a ton of potatoes with no problems but sweet potatoes seem to give me problems.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 02, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Pretty much my exact experience with sweet potatoes

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on September 02, 2011
at 01:48 PM

+1 for tag "monkey breath". :)

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76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on September 02, 2011
at 04:00 PM

I can eat small amounts of sweet potato by itself just fine. When I eat larger amounts combined with meat, I get digestive issues (read: gas) within 30 minutes or so. I have no other digestive issues and am otherwise in great health.

I think it may have something to do with the raffinose in sweet potatoes, which is the same gas-causing oligosaccharide found in beans and broccoli. Maybe when I eat large amounts combined with meat, more of the raffinose or undigested starch makes it to the colon for fermentation. I don't have this problem with regular ol' potatoes. Perhaps the lower amount of fiber and lack of raffinose allows for a much quicker and more efficient digestion in the small intestine. They do have a higher glycemic load, which I think could be a good thing in this case.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on September 02, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Exact same experience as me. I could eat a ton of potatoes with no problems but sweet potatoes seem to give me problems.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 02, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Pretty much my exact experience with sweet potatoes

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1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

on January 20, 2012
at 12:18 AM

So far, everyone gets some 'gas' from eating sweet potatoes, depending on quantity and/or what it is eaten with.

I have on what I call a heavy carb day eaten 3-4 450+gram sweet potatoes by themselves or with various other things like meat,eggs,spinach, onions (my staples) and yes, they have made me fart a bit, but nothing horrible.

I remember eating SAD or military food and I could clear a room, absolutely not true while eating Paleo.

Further proof that the 99.999% can consume sweet potatoes without any abnormal issues.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:10 AM

My symptoms are much like those Phoenix described. I don't get truly ill from tubers, it's more discomfort and turbulence. White potatoes are even worse than sweet for me.

Yesterday Paul Jaminet's post mentioned that migraine may involve difficulty processing glucose properly in the brain and I was struck by that because prior to ancestral eating I had severe migraine and unlike so many on PH I don't seem to thrive on starch. All those others praise tubers as a great source of glucose. I, in fact, do better on non-starchy vegetables (except rutabagas if they're considered starchy) and a moderate level of fruit. I also have a strong preference for green apples rather than ripe (starchy) and very ripe bananas rather than firm (starchy.)

I hope Paul will expand on his comment in future posts as I'd really been wondering why so many people raved about starch and I just couldn't seem to thrive on it. I've never really liked rice or oats although I certainly liked wheat when I ate SHAD (supposedly healthy American diet.)

I have a severe intolerance for wheat, also discovered since I began ancestral eating, but otherwise I seem to have rapid and comfortable digestion.

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on September 02, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Could it be the salicylate content? I know sweet potatoes have a high concentration of salicylate and shouldn't be eaten by those with a salicylate sensitivity.

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188301602c9046177298e1ce6cced275

on January 20, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Intolerance? Maybe. I cannot STAND the taste of sweet potatoes or yams in any preparation.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 20, 2012
at 01:18 AM

That might be a clue. :-))

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:19 PM

My daughter has a sweet potato intolerance. About an hour after eating even a tiny amount of them she will projectile vomit for about 3 hours. She is almost 3 years old and hasn't had them for about two years. Our pediatrician suggested re-introducing them to her at age 3...not looking forward to that! Has anyone else done this? Re-introduced with successful results?

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on March 14, 2015
at 12:29 AM

My son has the exact same thing! Since he was an infant if he ate anything that contained even a trace amount is sweet potato exactly 2 hrs later he will violently vomit and wrech for hours on end. He will be 3 in May. I have him an ice pop that had 2% sweet potato purée listed as the last ingredient and sure enough 2 hrs later hours and hours if vomiting! I picked him from I laws today and. 2 hrs later said stomache hurt then the first wrech and I knew right away he must of had sweet potato. He gets exhausted and just non stop vomits. Come to find out she gave him veggie straws!!! Wtf???!!! Thought he may have outgrown it since last summer but obviously not!!! I have never heard of anyone else experiencing this so when u found your comment I just had to write you! My pediatrician thinks its strange, never heard if an intolerance to sweet potatoe and with this specific reaction. Is yours only sweet potato? My son only does this with sweet potatoe, any trace amount. But can eat potatoe or any other food or veg no problem.

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on October 14, 2014
at 06:08 PM

My son is the same way! I had never heard of such a thing. Sweet potato puree was actually one of his first foods, and he seemed to do fine. But later on, around 8 months or so, I gave it to him and a couple hours later he vomited (no other illness symptoms). I tried again awhile later and the same thing happened. So, I stopped giving them to him, until he was around 2 years old. I didn't think much of it, but I had made a mixed-bean chili with cooked sweet potatoes in it, and gave him some. I joked "I wonder if he's going to get sick like he did when he was a baby." Sure enough - about 2-3 hours later, he woke up in his bed vomiting. He vomited on and off for a couple more hours and was fine in the morning. I thought maybe it was a bug, but he had no fever and no diarreah. Our ped suggested doing a "challenge" as well but I'm so scared. He was really afraid when it happened and cried/screamed every time he was sick. But I really want to know! I bought some organic graham crackers the other day that are baked with "a touch of sweet potato" (good thing I read the box!) and I want to let him try one. I don't know how much it takes to cause a reaction though, or if he has outgrown it. There is only one way to find out, unfortunately.

The only thing I've found online is something called FPIES. I'm not sure if he has it, but it sounds similar. You can google it if you want. From what I have read, most kids outgrow the food protein intolerance after 3 yrs old. My son didn't have a very serious reaction, but he did have the delayed vomiting. He has not reacted to any other foods thus far.

Let me know how your daughter is doing, since this is an older post. Thanks!! :)

Medium avatar

(1097)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Do you have to? I say give her a small spoonful (maybe even teaspoon full) if you really want her to be able to eat them. But if you just don't want to deal with it, there are other ways for her to get her nutrients.

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on October 26, 2012
at 06:38 AM

After zero carb for a year, I started eating veg again, particularly sweet potatoes. I went 4 months eating 2 LARGE sweet potatoes a day. Very discomfort. But the reality is, with eating more starches and fibres, some gas will be produced from gut flora! It's just a fact. I used to consider my self sensitive to carbs, but trained my body otherwise.

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C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on October 26, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Same for me, whenever I have sweet potatoes i'm er-irregular- for over 24 hours. And if I eat too many, it's the opposite.... hahah so I avoid them. Regular potatoes i'm fine with though it's very weird.

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Medium avatar

on October 25, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Do a course of oregano-clove-coconut oil 2x a day for 6 weeks to level out your bacteria. Then take some good probiotocs like Dr. Ohirra's etc daily. Eat taters regularly in small amounts and slowly increase. You're tolerance will increase.

Next, try to eat starches on an empty stomach FIRST, and COMPLETELY, give it a few minutes after you finish, then eat your meat and veggies. Meat and starch digestion needs different pH levels and digestive conditions, and different enzymes. Separate them and problems will be drastically reduced.

Starch alone can cause blood sugar spikes. Meat-fat-starch eaten together can cause digestive issues. Eating them separately, in order of required digestion time with the shortest time/fastest passing food first, but in close time-proximity to each other, mediates both issues. This is what I've found.

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on October 25, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Sweet potatoes are not for people who are FODMAP´s intolerant.

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633ff78261b3d0411e29cdecfad49f19

on October 25, 2012
at 06:15 PM

The schools are now serving sweet potatoe fries. We love them, but we are discovering they are interupting our studies! Another excuse to get out of class and fart in the hall.

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8ccd884afc71bb179236a21f272af66d

on January 19, 2012
at 11:18 PM

I get terrible bloating and painful gas when I eat more than a little bit of sweet potato. No prob with regular potato. Raffinose?

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:25 AM

The levels of raffinose present after cooking are basically undetectable...it's the resistant starch that does it.

8ccd884afc71bb179236a21f272af66d

(174)

on January 21, 2012
at 05:12 AM

Just looked up resistant starch and bananas have a large amount and I have no prob with them--there must be something else going on with the yams

8ccd884afc71bb179236a21f272af66d

(174)

on January 21, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Thanx--any suggestions how to up my ability to digest the stuff?

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