Potato Serotonin Nonsense?

Discussion in 'Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Ray Peat Potato Protein ' started by Beebop, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Beebop

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    So I went to find out more information on how potatoes lower serotonin.
    If you search for 'Potato' and 'Serotonin' all the articles are about potatoes raising serotonin.

    I assume this i just more internet backwards nonsense. But it does make me wonder what exactly is going on here.

    Why do people say potatoes help raise serotonin - what is behind that?
    And how does the humble potato lower serotonin?

    (While searching, I found this paper on the protein composition of potato:
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j& ... 0085,d.ZWU

    On page 4 you'll see a table with a complete amino acid profile (20 listed). Of them, leucine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid are the highest (depending on if it's cooked or raw), and tryptophan is one of the very lowest.)

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  2. Mittir

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    Based nutritiondata.com info, 1 gram of potato protein has 15 mg of tryptophan
    and 1 gram of protein from T bone steak has 11 mg of tryptophan.
     
  3. juanitacarlos

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    Et tu, Potate?
     
  4. Rolan

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    Say it ain't so potato. That's quite a lot of tryptophan I'm consuming, no? I eat about 750 g potato per dayb
     
  5. jaa

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    I wouldn't worry too much - potatoes don't have that much protein.
     
  6. Mittir

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    I want to add that potato has keto acids, in addition to regular amino acids.
    Heart and brain can use this keto acid as energy or body can convert it to essential amino acids
    by attaching ammonia. This is the reason RP strongly recommend potato juice.
    If someone eats sugar with potato juice body will most likely convert keto acids to
    protein. If we assume this conversion ,the tryptophan content per gram of
    potato protein will be much lower. I also have to assume body is not making
    tryptophan from keto acids. RP has mentioned many miraculous health recoveries
    by using potato juice. Potato do have lots of protein, potato juice from
    2 lbs is equivalent to 1 quart of milk.
     
  7. EIRE24

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    You are a Leeds fan I take it. If so, you already have a brain loaded with tryptophan
     
  8. EIRE24

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    Haha, good sense of humour I like it. I'm a man united fan. You from Australia or just a Leeds and viduka fan?
     
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    Omg mark viduka is here. I love the RP forum! If Tony Yeboah or Harry Kewel join this place would be complete.
     
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    :thumbup :yuck:
    The old trytophan trap.
     
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    Ah nice, smudge was top class in his day and went down hill very quickly!
     
  12. nostalgic

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    According to the same site, the proportion depends on the kind of potatoes. For example, white potatoes have 9.5mg of tryptophan/1g protein. Dunno which one to use.
     
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