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    This has prolly been beaten to death, but what is the consensus on potatoes?
    I think they would be primal? From what I have been digging around they are primal but borderline, some people don't mind and some do, and some once in a week..

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    For the nightshade intolerant, avoid the white potatoes. Also, most potatoes are doused in herbicides and pesticides while grown, then spayed with mold inhibitors and sterilizers before being shipped. The people who grow them admit they'd never eat them. Organic would be the only way to go. But why bother, if you've got sweet potatoes?!

    Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are not a nightshade and make a great staple starch, especially if organic.
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      I personally eat them and enjoy them, with full fat sour cream or butter or as part of a slow cooker stew. I don't eat tons of them, but I don't avoid them either. I find that I eat so many more kinds of veggies now, they just don't fit in that often.
      Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

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      Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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      • #4
        I just avoid the skins. Don't eat them often, but have mashed potatoes a couple times a month.
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        • #5
          I eat them once or twice a week, but like kennelmom, I won't eat the skins.

          But I'm a bad, bad girl, too.
          Durp.

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          • #6
            I think they are primal as hell, but I can't eat a lot of them or I get fat.

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            • #7
              Partner and I eat more carbs than some folks around here (he's marathon training, I do CF, and trying to be very low-carb is counterproductive), and we eat potatoes because it's nice to switch up the veggies sometimes. I will sometimes eat the skins but only after careful inspection to ensure there's no greening (a sign of increased toxins) and generally from reliable local farmers whose practices I trust.
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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              • #8
                Potatoes are considered a neolithic food because they were cultivated by humans to be a simple refined carb source without much nutrition. The skin and right below it contains tons of glycoalkaloids which are mildly to significantly toxic, depending on the individual.

                I never eat them - the severely aggravate my RA. I think that for healthy people without a weight problem they are probably okay if eaten without the skins.
                Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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                • #9
                  An occasional treat- usually in the form of home fries when out to breakfast, or fries on wing night. Make good thickeners for soups/stews.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                    An occasional treat- usually in the form of home fries when out to breakfast, or fries on wing night. Make good thickeners for soups/stews.
                    I would be especially careful with eating home fries or fries when out because they soak up a lot of the bad oil that they are cooked in. At home cooked in good fats....occasional treat is great!
                    Primal since March 2011

                    Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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                    • #11
                      I eat them often, but I'm not LC. Surprisingly, sweet potatoes mess with me more. I avoid the skins, too.
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                      • #12
                        Potatoes are not really primal because they did not emerge from the Andes until about 400 years ago. So south american grok may have had them but the rest of us would have had to make do with other tubers.
                        That said, I love 'em but unfortunately they love my waistline and hang about there. I buy blue skinned ones as they are (a) lower GI and carbs, and (b) taste nice. I do them a couple of times a week either roasted whole in skin or as oven chips with herbs. I don't really like sweet potatoes.
                        But roast parsnips are gorgeous too.
                        Odille
                        F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
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                        • #13
                          Personally, I think that the HUGE potatoes of today have little resemblance to the much smaller natural tubers that our pre-agricultural ancestors consumed. Therefore, I believe in eating them in extreme moderation. A few potatoes now and again are not a problem, but they are a significant source of zero-nutrition calories if you eat them more often. High glycemic response + low nutrition? I treat them just like candy or ice cream -- both of which I eat in moderation.
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                          • #14
                            Only something I eat once in a while, and when I do, it's always organic because it grows in the ground where chemicals and pesticides can accumulate.

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                            • #15
                              thanks folks, that helps, seems the consensus is: Moderation if anything.

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