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If you do a search on potatoes in the forum, you will see a lot of discussion about both kinds. . .and the opinions vary a lot. Some folks think either is an okay choice (but not something you'd want to do on a regular basis), some won't touch either one.
Insulin is one factor, the whole nightshade family another--anyway, check out the threads and you'll get a lot of food for thought. (Pun intended!)
Mirrorball, in one of the other topics you mention that Loren Cordain says that only sweet potatoes are ok. Why is that do you know? In NZ our sweet potatoes are called kumara, which are purple skinned with yellow flesh (and sometimes golden skinned as well) Anyway they are yum but I dont like them fried particularly. Normal potatoes are much nicer fried! (my weakness) I dont want to eat them all the time but sometimes they are just a convenient thing to have hence my question I suppose.
Potatoes are not part of The Paleo Diet because they contain some harmful substances, namely saponins (solanine and chaconine) which can't be degraded by digestion or cooking. They can contribute to an increase in intestinal permeability which is associated to many chronic diseases.</blockquote>
Sweet potatoes are different from potatoes in that they do not contain several harmful substances such as saponins and lectins, which may increase your intestinal permeability (if consumed regularly) and rev-up your immune system.</blockquote>
Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)