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Why are sweet potatoes not GAPS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 09, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Started the GAPS diet! Just wondering if anyone knows the answer to this?

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:21 PM

children and people that have had gut issues for a short period of time may recover more quickly, but adults and people suffering digestive problems for years and even decades will need longer... it is hard to say and depends on everyone's situation

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on June 09, 2012
at 08:21 PM

this is what is recommended by the authors. gut dysbiosis (imbalance of your gut flora) and leaky gut can take quite a bit of time to heal. The author recommends following the GAPS diet for at least 1 year past no symptoms.

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on June 09, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Is it necessary to do the diet for that long so it is effective?

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on June 09, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I never thought I had issue with pototes, and had to eliminate them for GAPS and when faced with no food options I had a baked potatoe and it hit me like a brick, and I suffered for a day after. I've tested it a few times now, same result....it was a main staple before but now I see it might have been part of the issue. I'll wait until 6-8 months to try again, I'm done testing/suffering....but I do have a greater appreciation for squash/pumkim, broccoli and carrots now!

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on June 09, 2012
at 06:18 PM

amen on that. most people who do this diet eventually are able to tolerate them. Starch isn't BAD, but if your gut is bad, it will misuse the starch.

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on June 09, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Yes, starch IS difficult to digest. Yes, starch is bad for the gut if you have digestion issues.

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on June 09, 2012
at 04:58 PM

They aren't difficult to digest. But excess starch/undigested can feed gut bacteria. GAPs is an excessively strict gut health protocol.

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on June 09, 2012
at 04:33 PM

are they bad for the gut?

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E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on June 09, 2012
at 05:09 PM

All starches are eliminated from the GAPS diet because they can be used as food by the excess of bacteria in your gut, creating gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation.

The only carbohydrates allowed on the GAPS diet are from non-starchy vegetables, squashes, some fruits and honey. But the key is that you should introduce these foods gradually, AS TOLERATED. Some people on the GAPS diet will not eat any fruits, squashes nor honey and will stick to non-starchy vegetables only for a while. After a year or two, it is possible that starches (grain-free, gluten-free) can be reintroduced back into your diet (like sweet potatoes, plantains, yuca, etc).

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on June 09, 2012
at 08:21 PM

this is what is recommended by the authors. gut dysbiosis (imbalance of your gut flora) and leaky gut can take quite a bit of time to heal. The author recommends following the GAPS diet for at least 1 year past no symptoms.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on June 09, 2012
at 08:21 PM

children and people that have had gut issues for a short period of time may recover more quickly, but adults and people suffering digestive problems for years and even decades will need longer... it is hard to say and depends on everyone's situation

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on June 09, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Is it necessary to do the diet for that long so it is effective?

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0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

on June 09, 2012
at 04:12 PM

They're starch bombs which means they're difficult to digest.

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on June 09, 2012
at 04:33 PM

are they bad for the gut?

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 09, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I never thought I had issue with pototes, and had to eliminate them for GAPS and when faced with no food options I had a baked potatoe and it hit me like a brick, and I suffered for a day after. I've tested it a few times now, same result....it was a main staple before but now I see it might have been part of the issue. I'll wait until 6-8 months to try again, I'm done testing/suffering....but I do have a greater appreciation for squash/pumkim, broccoli and carrots now!

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on June 09, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Yes, starch IS difficult to digest. Yes, starch is bad for the gut if you have digestion issues.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 09, 2012
at 06:18 PM

amen on that. most people who do this diet eventually are able to tolerate them. Starch isn't BAD, but if your gut is bad, it will misuse the starch.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on June 09, 2012
at 04:58 PM

They aren't difficult to digest. But excess starch/undigested can feed gut bacteria. GAPs is an excessively strict gut health protocol.

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