Sweet Potatoes are Paleo?

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Hello Rehan,
I saw that sweet potatoes are included in some recipes Paleo. I thought the sweet potatoes were not part of the Paleo diet.

And ‘correct or not?

Many thanks.

Rehan responds:

Hello Jisan,

the idea that the sweet potatoes are not part of the Paleo diet is a common mistake.

Sebastien Noel in his first Paleo cookbook, The Paleo Diet , said the sweet potatoes should be eaten in moderation, but the potatoes were not to be normal eating.

Cordain said that potatoes have a much higher glycemic index of sweet potatoes, but it is not true.
What is true is that potatoes contain anti-nutrients such as saponins that can be harmful, while sweet potatoes do not contain such substances.

I follow all the supporters Paleo look great with sweet potatoes in their diet, but there is a note of caution.

Carbohydrates in Sweet Potatoes

If you’re looking to lose weight, often limiting carbohydrates can be helpful (but not always), and if you’re not active then it is definitely a good idea to limit carbohydrates.

Sweet potatoes contain a lot of carbohydrates – 24 grams in a medium made ​​baked sweet potato.

If you’re looking to stay below 100 grams of carbohydrates for weight loss, it is entirely possible to eat a sweet potato a day.
But if you’re looking to stay under 50 grams of carbohydrates for fat burning ketosis, a sweet potato a day can reduce the total amount of other fruits and vegetables that you consume during the day.

Sweet potatoes are Paleo


There are many groups of hunter-gatherers who eat root vegetables and tubers, such as Kitavans of Papua New Guinea who regularly eat sweet potatoes and cassava (tapioca) and the Mbuti Pygmies of Africa who eat sweet potatoes and other roots.

I think for a lot of people of the Paleolithic would be very difficult to survive without eating roots and tubers.

Some Westerners who ate large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates for life need to be careful with carbohydrates in general, even if they are following the Paleo diet.

Ultimately, it is up to your body and to your situation to determine if the sweet potatoes should be part of your diet.

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