Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner and I can't stop day dreaming about Corn Beef and cabbage. Real talk, since I know it's what you all are really wondering, will there be potatoes at my Saint Patrick's Day Dinner? Yes. Despite the Paleo demonization of potatoes they are no better or worse for you than the Godly sweet potato. The nutritional profile of a potato is incredibly similar to sweet potatoes and even have higher amounts of vitamin B6, thiamin and certain amino acids than their sweet counterparts.
Why Did Paleo Say No To Potatoes?
They main reason the Paleo diet says to avoid potatoes is because of their high glycemic index. In simple terms they cause a spike in blood sugar levels and blood insulin levels. If you do your research you will find that sweet potatoes shockingly also have a relatively high glycemic index. Reality of the situation, if you are concerned about your sugar levels, or have diabetes, you should probably avoid all potatoes. This once again come down to understanding your goals and what works best for you.
Saponins are a toxin that plants use as a defensive mechanism. The concern is stems from issues such as leaky gut syndrome than can be caused or exacerbate by the toxin. Reality again, there is little scientific research to really prove this.
Sweet potato fries aren't good for you, so stop pretending they are. I am not saying go eat potatoes at every meal now either. Including potatoes in your daily diet comes down to your goals, your body, and your body's ability to handle starches. All I'm saying is a few delicious red potatoes with your Corn Beef isn't something to feel guilty about. Now that Guinness on the other hand...
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