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    I've got my friend interested in going Primal, but he (of course!) doesn't think he will be able to live without eating grains because he is a runner. He is fit, but doesn't have much muscle definition and has gotten a little flabby this summer, which is ironic since he follows a CW diet . He has run a few marathons last year, and he enjoys running long distances, however, his knees often ache and he really doesn't do any strength training. He thinks a great post run food is a PB&J on wheat washed down with a big ole glass of chocolate cow's milk. I've told him that he would need to cut back on the running and replace it with strength training, but would it be ok to just tell him he can eat like 1 potato a day? He says he doesn't like sweet potatoes, but I think he has just never had them prepared in a good way. How could he keep his carb count in the 75g to 150g range if he is not a big fan of fruits and veggies?

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    potatoes are perfectly okay.
    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
      potatoes are perfectly okay.
      Unless you're sensitive to nightshades. Most aren't. I eat lots of spuds. Compared to grain, they're health food.

      Gordo

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      • #4
        I think Mark still considers them marginal food to be eaten once in a while or after extra heavy workouts. But Primal folks seem to have voted with their forks to accept potatoes. i eat them daily. More
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        • #5
          Here's how to find out if potatoes are good or bad for you: How to Lower Your Blood Sugar

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          • #6
            I don't think they are the healthiest food you can eat every day (not nutritious), but I do think they are fine and I eat them pretty often.

            Potatoes may be one of the foods that strict paleo "overreacts" against - sweet potatoes are ok, tomatoes are ok - why not white potatoes? It's kind of random.
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            • #7
              But they are nutritious, look at that, Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Potato, flesh and skin, raw nutritiondata tends to have lower values than the other sites too. I eat twice that every day. Look at all of those minerals.

              They're not as nutritionally dense as organ meats and greens but they aren't a useless food by a longshot.
              Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

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              • #8
                I think by avoiding potatoes, you avoid a lot of potato products fried in unhealthy vegetables oils. If only chips were fried in tallow, like the good old days.
                "Thanks to the combination of meat, calcium-rich leaf foods, and a vigorous life, the early hunter-gatherers were robust, with strong skeletons, jaws, and teeth." - Harold McGee, On Food And Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

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                • #9
                  What about squash? I am not a huge fan of potatoes but I really like kombucha squash and pumpkin?
                  what is considered more nutritious for PB - squash or potatoes?
                  PS not trying to hijack the OP but just curious....

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                  • #10
                    Squash is perfectly fine by anyone's definition.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                      Stabby: Do you eat the skins too? I got scared of them after reading Stephan's posts on glycoalkaloids. What's your take?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                        Stabby: Do you eat the skins too? I got scared of them after reading Stephan's posts on glycoalkaloids. What's your take?
                        If you read the article, you know that almost all the glycoalkaloids are in the skins. What do you think? If you're going to eat skins, make sure that they are new potatoes with the really thin, immature skins.

                        Gordo

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                        • #13
                          Unless you have insulin issues or high sensitivity to nightshades, potatoes are fine. When I added white rice and potatoes back into my diet, I started losing fat without trying. Granted, I had been primal for about 18mo. YMMV.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                            Stabby: Do you eat the skins too? I got scared of them after reading Stephan's posts on glycoalkaloids. What's your take?
                            Nah I don't eat them. Seems like a needless risk.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                              Nah I don't eat them. Seems like a needless risk.
                              I don't either. I was just curious since you posted the data for potato with skin. It would save me a good bit of time to not peel them since I eat several pounds a week as part of my Leangains style post-workout meals, but I think the time spent is worth the improvement in my health. This week it's sweet potatoes and boniato though :-)

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