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Old 11-14-2011, 21:37   #1
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Default Sunchoke...replacement for potatoes?

I meant to start a new thread on this, but initially posted it as a "reply" on another thread, so I'm starting anew. I will repost what I said and then some new info I'm finding:

Ok, what about sunchoke???
First time I've ever heard of this and what I was reading said they were a good replacement for potatoes for diabetics, so I did some research and first found this: 14 grams of sugar in 1 cup of fresh, sliced sunchokes. HOLY COW.....then I read this: "The edible portion of this member of the sunflower family is the tuber or swollen end of an underground stem, which in some respects resembles a potato. However, unlike most starchy vegetables, the principal storage carbohydrate in sunchokes immediately after harvest is inulin (not insulin) rather than starch. When consumed the inulin is converted in the digestive tract to fructose rather than glucose, which can be tolerated by diabetics."

Since inulin is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is considered to be a fiber. It is a soluble fiber as opposed to cellulose which is insoluble. Inulin/FOS also goes by names such as Neosugar, Alant Starch, Atlanta Starch, Alantin, Dahlin, Helenin, and Diabetic Sugar. It also has a slightly sweet taste and is very low on the glycemic index making it suitable for diabetics. There are even some claims it can be used as a sugar substitute.

Learn more: Inulin: Friend or Foe?

foxl eats it and tolerates it.... this is good news I think! Anyone else eat sunchoke?

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I did a quick images search as I'd never heard of them lol and found this drool-worthy picture artichoke..as far as I can remember they are expensive here in Oz but I shall have a looksee at the local markets...anything is worth a try

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I did a quick images search as I'd never heard of them lol and found this drool-worthy picture artichoke..as far as I can remember they are expensive here in Oz but I shall have a looksee at the local markets...anything is worth a try
They look yummy!! Like homemade potato chips!

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oh I read the rest and its not an artichoke lol...its 5am here....

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oh I read the rest and its not an artichoke lol...its 5am here....
The image url says "sunchoke". I looked up more images for sunchoke chips, and they look just like this.

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it looks like a tuber...*squints* these types of veg are easy to grow...might be time for a vegie patch!

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hahaha....that's ok, you get an A for reading the rest!

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foxl eats it and tolerates it.... this is good news I think! Anyone else eat sunchoke?


Alas, you mistook me -- I do NOT. :' ( I loved them in the 1960's though!

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Alas, you mistook me -- I do NOT. :' ( I loved them in the 1960's though!
Sorry....you said "I certainly seem to digest it." I took that to mean that you eat them.

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Yep-- I digest the INULIN! Right into carbs ...

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