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For Clearer Thinking, Avoid Grains

The American sweet potato has been literally bred for sweetness. If you are trying to tease out the nuances of your potential carbohydrate foods, it’s worth noting the differences in the varieties.

The American sweet potato has nearly half the sugar content (6.5g per 100g) of grapes (15.5g per 100g). They are sort of half fruit, half starch! By contrast, yams are far less sweet, with only 0.5g of sugar per 100g. White potatoes actually contain more sugar than yams, at 1.2 g.

The Bottom Line

My conclusion is that there is a certain minimum carbohydrate threshold that you should not drop below. The sweet spot for most is 20 to 30 percent of your diet as carbs, but most likely 25 to 30 percent. Most of those calories can come from non-starchy vegetables, but you’ll probably need some starchy carbs, such as white potatoes or white rice, and starchy vegetables like carrots and squash.

Breast milk is considered by many to be the perfect food for infants. Breast milk is 40 percent carbohydrate, which is great for babies because they have an increased glucose demand related to their rapid brain development. Adults simply need less.

Regardless of which starchy foods you put on your plate, make sure they are as organic and unprocessed as possible, free of pesticides and chemical additives and NOT genetically modified. I believe that low toxicity, high quality nutrient-dense foods are the MOST important consideration for you and your child’s optimal health, as well as your child’s brain development.

Regardless of your dietary choices, please remember ALWAYS to listen to your body, as it will give you feedback about whether or not the approach you’ve chosen is right for your unique biochemistry and genetics. Listen to that feedback and adjust your program accordingly.

For more information on this topic, you can follow the still-ongoing discussion between Dr. Rosedale and Dr. Jaminet in Perfect Health Diet: Safe Starches Symposium.

 

 

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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10:43AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

What is with all the white space below, someone hit enter sixty million times?

Patience dear readers there are comments below the White Abyss Below. Will continue to eat delightful whole wheats and grains as they are tasty and marvellous!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Hmmm, we are supposed to eat this, we aren't supposed to eat that...soon we will only be allowed to eat tree bark and lichen until studies "prove" these are bad for you too.

One decade eggs are the enemy, then later they are fine, another year this is the villain until the next study debunks it.

Think I will just stick to a balanced diet of whole grains, veggies, fruit, meat with portions the size of a deck of cards, buy organic and not factory farm so there are no hormones, antibiotics, pesticides galore and eat the things that I enjoy. Life is short enough without avoiding yet another food that is delightful.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Humans are not supposed to eat grains. Humans are not supposed to eat meat. Humans are supposed to graze on spinach and carrots. There is not a lot of mainstream support for the idea that whole wheat and grains are bad for us except for those with allergies. For now I will enjoy my whole grains, whole wheats, small amounts of organic meat, quinoa and a variety of food items and not worry about the latest "this is bad and unnatural for you" as it seems almost everything in the world is these days!

4:18PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Also, check to see if you have sleep apnea. Do you snore, take afternoon naps, feel foggy headed and fatigued all the time, get it checked out, ask your doctor.

3:30PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Anyone wanting to read about the studies only has to click on the blue word "study" in the article and you will be able to read all about it.
I love rice but don't eat a lot of it. I will keep eating whatever I enjoy!

9:06PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Thanks, helpful info I think.

9:52AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

thanks.....

10:13PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I like grains :) I will continue eating them

8:31AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Hi
I have problems with care2!
why do care2 publish stuff like this that refuse to give us a link to the studies they refer to!

Today it is so simple to give references.
To refer to study 1 and study 2,is not enough!

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