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I don't know if you'll get many responses to this...I read it yesterday and, for once, had nothing to say.
3 years "low carb" Primal.
Dietary hierarchy is: Fatty and gelatinous meat/eggs/seafood/offal > raw and fermented dairy > nuts and seeds > fruit > starch > veggies > everything else.
Backyard permaculture, gardening, and fermentation as healthy hobbies. Lift heavy stuff and move a lot.
How do sweet potatoes impact triglyceride numbers? Increase or decrease? Does quantity directly correlate? I am just curious because I have read conflicting information.
That's a bit clearer.
In my case, when I was a heavy drinker, eating Double-Stuff Oreos by the handful, Pringles by the canful, and bread by the loaf--my trigs were 2000 at one point. I developed fatty liver disease. Gemfibrozil was prescribed and got my trigs to 100, doc was happy and I was still eating and drinking like a typical SADiot.
I started eating Primal Blueprint style, very low carbs, certainly no squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes. My trigs dropped to 50 in about 2 months, I quit the meds at that point and my trigs remained stable at around 40 for 2 years.
After a while, I started adding in lots of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squash and fruit and beans. My trigs hang out around 60, but my LDL cholesterol came down 25points to 170 and HDL went up quite a bit to 60.
So, I think to answer your question, low GI foods have no impact on trigs except to keep them in a healthy range. It's high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, and loads of refined flour that does trigs in.
Check Chris Kressler's site, he explains the connection in one of his recent podcasts. I'm not swearing that he's right, but he seems to be. A low carb high fats diet will lower trigs and raise HDL, unfortunately it will also raise LDL. So the TC raise or lowering varies with different people. Adding low glycemic carbs with thus then to do the opposite to the numbers somewhat.
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