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Best Paleo Carb Sources

Carbs on the Paleo diet are arguably the most important, yet most difficult macronutrient to understand and follow correctly. The following three lists will help you make  the wise choice, when navigating through the best paleo sources of carbohydrates (aka, starchy-vegetables).

The True Top 10 High-Carbs Sources

  1. Raisins*
  2. Dates*
  3. Yams
  4. Bananas*
  5. White potatos**
  6. Sweet potatos
  7. Mangos*
  8. Acorn squash
  9. Apples*
  10. Pineapple*

The True Top 16 “Paleo-Friendly” & Low-Fructose High-Carb Sources

  1. Cassava
  2. Taro root
  3. Plantations
  4. Yam
  5. White potato**
  6. Sweet potato
  7. Parnsips
  8. Lotus root
  9. Acorn squash
  10. Onion
  11. Beets
  12. Carrots
  13. Butternut squash
  14. Jicama
  15. Kohlrabi
  16. Spaghetti squash

RECOMMENDED: My Favorite “Paleo Friendly” & Low-Fructose High-Carb Sources

As a general rule: I choose either white rice or squash

  1. White rice**
  2. Yam
  3. Butternut squash
  4. Sweet potato
  5. Onion
  6. Acorn squash
  7. White potato**
  8. Beets
  9. Carrots
  10. Kohlrabi
  11. Spaghetti squash
*Important note #1: fruit is generally very high in fructose, which may cause digestion issues for some people. Also, if you are following a strict paleo diet but are struggling to lose that last bit of weight, consider reducing your intake of these high carb/high fructose fruits. Others my contend that sugar (fructose) is toxic. See this New York Times article or this recent 60 minutes segment with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. This Harvard article regarding fructose may also shed some light on the discussion: Is fructose bad for you? (For a great list of high fructose foods, visit nutritionaldata.self.com).There are still some FANTASTIC benefits to consuming fruits daily (think antioxidants and vitamins)… so I’m not saying fruit is bad for you. In fact, just don’t let it reduce your required high intake of quality meats and vegetables and you can (and should) eat as much as you want. Only be careful if you have a problem with fructose or you are currently having issues losing weight.

**Important note #2: not everyone can tolerate white potatoes, and few can’t tolerate white rice. If you have trouble tolerating either (you will need to experiment with this), please remove them from this list and try for an alternative.

Many of the foods listed above were found thanks to balancedbites.com

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