Oh, come on!!! Potatoes?

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   Posted 5/28/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Was doing a little research on apple cider/vinegar and IBD and somehow came across this......
I don't think I could live without potatoes.... shocked
Nancy, aged 51
diagnosed w/UC in 1986 after 9 years of symptoms
originally prescribed Sulfasalazine; switched to Asacol/Rowasa
currently taking 7 Asacol twice a day
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Flaring since 03/10
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   Posted 5/28/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I didn't know that about potatoes but I don't eat them because I use the Specific Carbohydrate diet which does not allow them for other reasons, because they are a starch and a carbohydrate which feed the "bad" bacteria in the gut.

Believe me I love potatoes but I love being in UC remission more.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of suffering and no remission ever
Jan 2010 started SCD diet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices)
Bleeding stopped in 3 days, other symptoms improved slow & sure
Diet: Gluten/grain-free, fructose-free (blueberries OK), dairy free (swiss cheese OK), starch-free
I eat: Protein(meat/fish/eggs,no soy), nuts(soaked/roasted), non-starch veggies, nut-flour muffins
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   Posted 5/28/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
:( I haven't had a single fry in six months now I shouldn't even eat them baked or mashed either?

Excuse my ignorance, but I assume this doesn't include sweet potatoes...?

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   Posted 5/28/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Depends on who you listen to. Yams are not allowed on the scd but other diets (ie. David Klein's) do allow them but not regular potoates. Potatoes are a nightshade veggie, which some advise against. Also, they are starchy and hard to digest according to some. Others have no issue with them.

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   Posted 5/28/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I read this article about 2 years ago and stopped eating potatoes for about 6 months but my UC symptoms did not decrease .

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   Posted 5/28/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
One reason I love this forum is that I learn so much! I had not heard this about potatoes, although I'd heard (here) about nightshades being inflammatory and I knew potatoes were in that family.

But, I find this interesting because the GI I had for the first 23 UC years, who was very good in many ways, ahead of his time in recommending rectals, etc - he used to recommend potatoes to me in a flare (mashed) and I would always tell him I thought they made my symptoms a bit worse!

As they say in the Winnie the Pooh books: "Aha!"

When I'm not flaring, I don't notice any harm from eating them.
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   Posted 5/28/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
songlady said...

One reason I love this forum is that I learn so much!

If we learn much more we may find out we shouldn't eat anything. [img]/community/emoticons/shakehead.gif[/img]

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   Posted 5/28/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Man...I stopped eating anything fried as it was just hard on my gut and not so healthy anyhow. However, this is so weird...as I thought I survived my last flare by eating baked potatoes (no skin) for the most part. It seems from this article that the skin is far worse than the "middle" of the potato. I don't think I can survive without potatoes either!
Diagnosed with Pancolitis (Moderate in 4/5th of the colon, Mild in 1/5th) in July 2009
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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat potatoes occasionally, really I don't think they made me feel any worse, but I only eat them maybe once a week at most visiting mom's house.

anecdotal story:
What is strange is many years before I got colitis, maybe over a period of like 8 to 10 years, I specifically remember if I ate lots of potatoes and/or lots of banana's my lower colon area would actually begin to hurt for some reason, once I backed off on potatoes and starches, it went away. To this day I don't know what that was all about, but it may have been early signs of something starting and for some reason high starch foods caused the pain to occur. The day colitis first kicked in offically and I knew something was wrong by my strange BM's, my lower colon hurt similar, but much more sever than it did in the past.

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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I certainly don't plan on giving up my potatoes either unless I KNEW they made me bleed, etc.  I love them mashed when not feeling well - you know, comfort food.  I do not eat the skins or eat them fried.
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   Posted 5/28/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think any food has any impact on my condition.
March 07: Diagnosed with mild proctitis - Canasa as needed
August 08 - December 08: Flare & Anemic - Started Asacol
January 09 - December 09: Remission!!
December 09 - January 10: Massive Flare - Asacol + Prednisone + Canasa / Colazal
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   Posted 5/28/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, and - I don't plabn to change my potato-eating habits. I don't eat them all that often.... and unless I'm flaring badly, I've not noticed a problem. But when I HAVE been flaring badly, I've thought they weren't the best food for me, but... I just couldn't quite believe it, not having a clue why!

Most of my garden this summer is devoted to potatoes. I do plan to eat them. (And I don't plan to be flaring - lol!)
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homemade yogurt each day
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   Posted 5/31/2010 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I knew potatoes were inflammatory, as they are nightshades. But I did not know they were linked to inflammation so much. I am going to have to cut down on my potato and other nightshades a little harder.

This doesn't include sweet potatoes because they are not nightshades.
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   Posted 6/1/2010 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm with notsosicklygirl. I seem to be able to eat about anything. I don't think it has an affect one way or the other.
U.C. (Proctosigmoiditis) DX 2004 after quiting smoking
Semi-Remission (GI seems satisfied, not me)????
CURRENT MEDS: UC=Asacol 400mg 4x3 daily; Finally Off the evil Pred; Azathioprine 100mg (Discontinued due to elevated liver enzymes); Hydrocortisone enema as needed; Probiotic 12 billion cfu; Psillium husk/seed powder; Fish oil; Multi-vitamin
Hypertension=Cozzar      Cholesterol=Welchol; Zetia
I don't believe diet contributes to my flares, however some foods tend to irritate symptoms.

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   Posted 10/7/2012 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Potatoes have the same effect on me. Gas, bloating, a visit to the toilet. Although sweet potatoes are a little different than white potatoes, they still give me the same effect.

It's like a lose/lose situation for me.

Satisfied hunger = Potato consumption
Potato consumption = Irritable Bowels

Life is crazy.
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Results: Stools are firm, no aches, normal bowel habits and less cravings

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   Posted 10/7/2012 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think they ever affected me, but when I was nauseous and icky feeling I definitely turned to mashed potatoes!

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   Posted 10/7/2012 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat a lot of potatoes and they do not bother me. I even eat the skin....
The majority of the time I eat sweet potato and red skin potatoes.

I'm on a diet that allows me a lot of earthy, nightshade veggies. So far so good. I've been on the diet for 2 weeks now and I have to say that I've been feeling wonderful! I've also lost a lot of belly bloat and all around water retention in my body. All of my pants are falling off of me! :o)
I am also gluten free, have been drinking A LOT of water and have totally limited my sugar intake. If I need sugar I drink tea with a little stevia or hot chocolate with unsweetened cacao and unsweetened coconut milk and mint with a few drops of stevia.

My new favorite is spaghetti squash...that is some good stuff right there!
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