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What are your thoughts on white potatoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

So far I have avoided them, but I am considering adding them to my diet on days that I crossfit. I don't like sweet potatoes and I am thinking I need some safe starch due to my high activity level. Thoughts?

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I switch from white potatoes to more white rice recently and my athletic performance rocketed.

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at 01:04 PM

I like them roasted with some butter, chives, and sour cream.

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on May 13, 2013
at 02:06 AM

White potatoes work well for me. Tubers ftw.

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on May 13, 2013
at 07:38 AM

If you eat it and you don't feel horrible, I don't see a problem. Most of the paleo wisdom is in avoiding irritating / toxic food on an personal n=1 basis. Maybe back off the potato if you notice you're putting on extra weight and not using all of the calories.. but otherwise, it's tasty energy.

I eat maybe 2 white potatoes a week. For me, the bigger issue is white rice. I eat that stuff on a daily basis.

I think eating anything on a daily basis should be discouraged.

I hear good things about plantains. I need to invest in some.

Edit: For the downvoters, we're talking about a 4/5 star rating on nutritiondata's optimal health chart and one of the best tasting starches. Guys who are active can eat 80% of their diet in carbohydrates and feel great. There's no 'white potatoes are good/bad for everyone' rule. It's another veggie and a fine addition to a diet. The dose makes the poison.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:34 PM

I switch from white potatoes to more white rice recently and my athletic performance rocketed.

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on May 13, 2013
at 12:01 PM

I eat them almost every day after workouts...I really don't see anything dangerous in them if you're fine with starchy carbs in general (which most people should be).

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:33 AM

I avoided potato while trying to lose weight. Now that I'm at a good weight I eat them after workouts, they seem to help me recover faster. It ends up 2-4 times a week.

If the skin is green, peel them.

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I used to avoid them like the plague and stuck with sweet potatoes until very recently. I have found they they don't cause any problems for me and are more satiating than sweet potatoes. I could eat pounds of japanese sweet potatoes/regular sweet potatoes and still feel like I have a hollow leg but a few fingerling taters and I'm good.

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on May 13, 2013
at 07:52 PM

For me, white potatoes fall somewhere between grain and sweet potatoes on the tolerance spectrum: I feel a little bloated and sluggish after I eat them, but it's a milder response than I have to grain. (I have no major gluten issues.) I love sweet potatoes but I was getting a little bored with them, so I started experimenting with masa. It has been very easy on my digestive system, not much different from sweet potatoes. Masa is made by treating cornmeal with lime (CaO lime, not the citrus) to make the nutrients more bioavailable. Indigenous peoples in maize-growing cultures have been doing it for thousands of years.

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:34 AM

White potatoes seem to keep me fuller for longer than sweet potatoes which is strange. I usually bake them and eat them with butter.

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on May 13, 2013
at 07:28 AM

I agree. I have them nearly every workout day in my pwo meal

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