Are Potatoes Paleo?

Learning about Potatoes and the Paleo Lifestyle

The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. In context, a potato refers to the edible tuber, but it can also refer to the plant itself. (1) Are Potatoes Paleo?

The White Potato

The white potato’s nutritional offerings lack protein, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, vitamins, and contain high amounts of starchy carbohydrates. The white potato has a high glycemic index.

Meaning, the natural sugar they provide will absorb into the bloodstream at rapid rates causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

The Sweet Potato

The sweet potato has more nutritional offerings than the white potato. It contains a high amount of vitamin A. Even though the sweet potato is considered a starchy vegetable (like the white potato).

It has a relatively low glycemic index. Meaning, the natural sugar they provide will be absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly. Not causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

Besides the above mentioned both the sweet potato and white potato come from the same tuber family. Both potatoes offer similar contents of fats, calories, and carbohydrates.

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Are Potatoes Paleo?

If you follow a strict Paleo diet white potatoes should be avoided, and sweet potatoes should be eaten in moderation.

If your diet is a little more lenient, then eating an occasional white potato won’t hurt you.

Enjoy white potatoes in moderation. Just stay away from highly processed foods; like chips, fries, and mashed potatoes.

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