Potatoes are a contentious subject in the Paleo community. On the one hand, they’re very starchy. On the other hand, they’re a nutritious whole food, so can we eat them or not?
As always, it comes down to what works best for you. If eating potatoes makes you feel bloated or causes joint pain, then you should probably avoid them. If you don’t experience any negative effects from eating potatoes once in a while, you probably won’t suffer from including them in your diet, especially if you’re active.
White Potatoes vs. Red Potatoes
Mark Sisson vindicated white potatoes as a nutritious source of carbs, but red potatoes are a better option. They’re much lower in carbs than white potatoes and higher in fiber, vitamin C and potassium.
Paleo and Autoimmune Protocol
That said, all potatoes (except sweet potatoes) are nightshades. That’s not a problem for most of us, but if you’ve experienced inflammation or digestive issues after eating other nightshades, you should avoid potatoes.