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Actually they are more nutritious gram for gram, and contain less carbs gram for gram. I think people avoid them because they are higher glycemic than sweet potatoes (depending on which type, eg. Baby boiled new potatoes are almost just as low as sweet potatoes (62 gi) where as a baked potato has 95gi) In my opinion it doesn't matter really matter aslong as you eat them with protein and fat. I eat white potatoes everyday and i'm lean.
Yep, new potatoes are much better than the big fluffy baking ones if you are looking for a reduced insulin response. The poisonous things bit is one consideration. There are plenty of foods that are poisonous when raw but ok when cooked. People have been doing that for thousands of years.
I think avoiding things that can't be eaten raw is a fair consideration. Each to their own.
White potatoes are awesome and very nutrient dense.
They are nightshades, so if you have a reaction, don't eat them. Me, I feel BETTER when white potatoes are part of my diet.
One caveat, white potatoes can easily be manipulated into "trigger" foods that can cause binge eating. Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, hash browns, and french fries are so damn good that they can, in some people, trigger old habits. Also, fried potatoes like fries and has browns can be an issue since they are largely dehydrated during the cooking process, which means you can eat a lot more without getting full.
I generally steam my white potatoes (sans skins) and then sear them in beef tallow to get a nice crunch. I keep the cubes fairly big, so they keep in lots of moisture and remain very filling. 10 ounces of white potatoes hits the spot, with 5 ounces of meat and 10 ounces of veggies you have a hugely satiating meal.
While some question the paleo/primal-ness of potatoes, they're a nutritious whole food. The only caveat here is about sensitivities to substances they may contain(assuming you're not low-carb. If you're low-carb you obviously won't be eating many potatoes, sweet OR regular)
The primary issue is concerns over toxins(solanine). The general rule here is to store your potatoes in the dark, peel your potatoes, and don't buy/eat potatoes that show any sign of greenness. Solanine generally forms as a response to light exposure and/or damage to the potato, so doing things that minimize its formation will be to your advantage.
Well, besides being completely bland and needing extensive doctoring to make palatable there are the previously mentioned things. Nightshades is one thing, but from the "paleo" approach its a newer food item than the traditional sweet potato. If you are trying to reach as strict of adherence to the paleo principle and theory as you can you would keep em off the menu. If you have decided that current analysis and science satisfies you that they are safe and they HAVE been consumed in traditional cultures then you might include them. I exclude as many starches as I can in general....sweet or white. Not saying "never", just not a daily staple.
Well, coming from a guy raised in an Irish household (complete with broom swinging grandmother!), there is nothing wrong with them. Roast them, mash them, mix them with turnips, they really add something to any meal. And I could eat all of the potatoes I wanted without any ill effects. The desserts tended to get to me though.
In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.
All food is on a scale of good/bad. Sweet potatoes produce less of a insulin spike than white potatoes. If that's something that's important to you, then yes, sweet potatoes are better. Not to mention, they also contain more nutrients.
I don't mind eating white potatoes however. It's up to the individual.