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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

I guess fermentation is a sort of non heat based form of cooking. Heat eliminates toxic antinutrients and so do bacteria, so would bacterial fermentation be enough to convert toxic raw beans into a digestable food? 

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glib 0 · October 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This is potentially a very interesting question. Can we tune our fermentation (temperature, salinity and bacteria, since humidity will always be 100%) so as to target specific toxins? In the case of beans we are mostly talking about protease... (more)

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by 1720 · about 1 hour ago

Is it true that vanilla is derived from a legume? Do paleo people not eat vanilla (extract) then? Cinnamon - what would be the positive reason for eating cinnamon? Are there negative effects?

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Stabby 0 · October 15, 2011 at 6:11 AM

A fairly large amount of cinnamon has been shown to have a modest positive effect on insulin sensitivity. It can also be anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. I think that some cinnamon is a great idea, but a good rule of thumb for potent... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

I've read other questions on here about legumes, but I still don't understand why they are considered a "to be avoided food". I tolerate properly prepared legumes (chickpeas, pinto beans, kidney beans, adzuki beans, etc. with the exception of... (more)

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andrew 0 · April 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

"Properly prepared means..." - so presumably you don't eat coffee / chocolate / butter / lard / bacon / fermented foods / etc etc. The list of foods which are considered perfectly OK as paleo foods but which take a lot of processing is large.... (more)

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by 598 · about 1 hour ago

I am thinking about getting a sprouter and sprouting beans and other seeds. I really like sprouts. Any good reason not to eat sprouted beans? Would, say, sprouted lentils still be chock full of folate? I cold use more folate and I'd rather... (more)

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Methodician 0 · January 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

^BUMP^ Still haven't quite gotten a clear answer. Can one of you know-it-alls please come and tell me if sprouting will remove/mitigate the antinutrients while preserving the good stuff?

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

I mean, it is said that they do not need to be soaked, so is it safe to consume them?

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Matt_11 0 · January 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Soaking beans (as done by most folks) is not for lectin reduction reasons. Lentils are said to have less lectin content than other beans, but yes, they have lectins.

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by 51 · about 2 hours ago

if you were to reintroduce one which one would it be and why? what's healthier

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Happy_Now 0 · July 04, 2013 at 1:58 AM

I can feel the ill effects from wheat and barley (except beer) within hours of eating them. Low mood, brain fog, etc. Beans, no problems, at least not immediate problems.

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by 421 · about 2 hours ago

Hi everyone, So I've been pretty Paleo for several months now. Cottage cheese is the only dairy I eat, and I only have it a few times per week. I also eat legumes (black beans, lentils, etc.) but I do not touch flour, rice or corn products and I... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · March 05, 2013 at 5:09 AM

I'd say, that if your dairy is fermented. and especially if it's from casein A2 animals, go for it. Go for plain milk if it's raw only (and if you trust that raw milk). Home-made goat kefir is very helpful for the gut for example. Regarding... (more)

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by 571 · about 2 hours ago

Enough with all that meat and the bacon and the demonization of grains, legumes and dairy. Return to my beloved mediterranean way. Thank you for your advice, it was fun and helping, but I find the whole approach hysterical and dogmatic. I' ll... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · March 02, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I'm Greek and I grew up on a similar diet to that mentioned in the article. However, I had failure to thrive (I'm just 4'11", for example). Things indeed got WAY worse when I came to the US and started eating the US wheat. But I wasn't on top of... (more)

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by 154 · about 2 hours ago

I recently came across this study titled "Legumes: the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people of different ethnicities". It was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Here is the abstract: To... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · December 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Maybe this has something to do with the fact that if your diet includes large amounts of legumes then you're going to likely have less grains? They're both carbs, and who eats lentils with their bread? Or lentils with their pasta?

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by 608 · about 2 hours ago

I'm asking because i have been eating paleo for about a year now. I used to eat white rice and legumes all the time. I've been eating paleo for about a year. Mostly beef, seafood, veggies and tubers. I had white rice and black beans the other day... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · December 12, 2012 at 1:09 AM

yes 100% different strains of bacteria are in different digestive tracks based on the food.

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by 289 · about 2 hours ago

I know that sugar snap peas are technically a legume but in the whole 30 book it starts with food they say sugar snap peas are ok. Are they just ok or they actually considered good on the paleo diet?

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Elunah 0 · October 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

They're probably okay in moderation, as long as you tolerate them well. The phytate content is low and the lectins aren't as bad as those found in some other legumes. Here's more info:... (more)

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by 14877 · about 2 hours ago

It is often heard on these boards that shortly after switching to a grain free paleo diet, one can no longer digest grains without a definite reaction or discomfort. To which the response is that you're gut microbiota have changed for the better.... (more)

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JasonAC556 0 · August 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Quitting grains and then having them cause problems upon reintroduction is akin to someone quitting smoking then getting ill if they return to the habit. Smokers build a tolerance to the nicotine, just as some have a tolerance for grains. So... (more)

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by 896 · about 2 hours ago

Ate some traditional Pakistani food today. They used Besan flour and spices to lightly season and crust the fish. First time consuming Besan flour and luckily there was no reaction in my gut, so I'm assuming it's gluten free. Would Besan be... (more)

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wickedween 0 · August 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

There is a new Pakistani restaurant near me and I have been wanting to try it. I haven't gone yet because I don't know the common/usual ingredients that they use. I would probably be ok with trying besan, but definitely not consuming wheat. You... (more)

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by 15 · about 2 hours ago

Hi folks. I've moved over to a mainly Paleo diet quite recently (where possible), I did like cream or milk in my coffee (mainly decaff) and am not happy with taking it just black. So I have been using Soya milk since last December. I get that... (more)

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tj_8 0 · July 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

almond milk.....

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by 277 · about 2 hours ago

So I'd like to tell people to eat their veggies, and then point out that that doesn't mean they should eat grains and legumes. But I also want to do it accurately. Which I guess means I have several questions regarding definitions of things in... (more)

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More_Butter_Please 0 · June 26, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I've found that using the term "green vegetables" is a clear enough term to get my point across to most people. They usually get that corn, potatoes, and dried beans are not in that category, and that I'm talking about broccoli, kale, etc. Not... (more)

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by 1307 · about 2 hours ago

Up until a week ago, I was using licorice extract for digestive issues. Turns out, SCD says it can cause digestive issues...and apparently it's a legume? Does any use DGL for digestive issues, or should I lay off this since it's apparently not... (more)

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TnQ 0 · June 12, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I am not familiar with how licorice impact the digestive tract, but I have read several studies showing that it dramatically lowers testosterone levels (up to 40 %), which is a pretty good reason for avoiding it.

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by 1439 · about 2 hours ago

There is a blogger who said that one can soak lentils for 36 hours with kefir or vinegar and it would make the lentils paleo acceptable. What do you-all think? And what do you all think of legumes in general, philosophically and regarding your... (more)

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pbo 0 · June 03, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I think it's pretty clear that the community does not regard legumes as "paleo". So if you are looking for paleo folks to give it a seal of approval I don't think that is gonna happen. Here's the thing. Who cares? Paleo gives us a perspective.... (more)

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by 20 · about 2 hours ago

I know they're complex carbohydrates so the body would metabolize it slowly just like we do with fats, but if you include them in your diet regularly, would the body prefer it over the fats you've eaten thus delaying the stages of ketogenesis... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · May 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Lentils are the safest to eat, AFTER you ferment them. Research shows that most lectins are going away during fermentation. I wrote about how to ferment them here: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/04/19/fermenting-lentils/ (more)

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by 431 · about 2 hours ago

So, I've always been about 99% with the paleo, but I just discovered that fresh fava beans are being sold RIGHT OUTSIDE my doorstep. I just had a big bowl with tons of ghee, and it was the most satisfying meal I can remember having... ever. But... (more)

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Tyler_2 0 · March 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Hard cider. I mean, you could stretch it and argue that it's fermented apples... but it's hardly nutritious.

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by 160 · about 2 hours ago

I found a local farm where I thought I could buy local, natural, grassfed beef. However, on their website, they say: "Providence Cattle Company offers Grassfed beef for those that are looking for a healthy, earth friendly alternative to... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · March 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Legumes can mean a variety of things and refers to the plant as well as the beans. It would be best to contact them and ask them yourself. Alfalfa is a forage crop that is widely grow for cattle feed due to the leaves and stems containing a... (more)

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by 75 · about 2 hours ago

Where do people stand on Beans? I am mainly wondering about Baked Beans, Kidney Beans and Chickpeas. The only reason that I am asking about this, is because one of the only meals I would cook myself before I made the change, was a 3 Bean Chilli.... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · February 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Mark Sisson's take: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/beans-legumes-carbs/#axzz1maflxlnD Dr. Kurt G. Harris: "I've deleted references to legumes other than avoiding soy and peanuts, as other legumes seem more and more benign to me." (more)

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by 50 · about 2 hours ago

My wife and I are new to the paleo lifestyle, so we're going through our cabinets and getting rid of most of our flours, pastas, sugars, etc. We've got some Bob's Red Mill Garbonzo and Fava flour, and we're not sure whether to keep it or not. I... (more)

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cerement 0 · February 06, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Literally, no, they're not as bad as wheat/grains. That being said, legumes still have plenty of shortcomings all on their own. Some branches of paleo will give passes to sweet peas, fresh green beans, and/or fermented soy (tamari, miso, natto... (more)

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by 5904 · about 2 hours ago

What are people's thought on chick peas? I am making a recipe with them in. I know Mark (MDA) says that they are ok in moderation. What are people thoughts? Is there anything you can do to make them better (or less bad, which ever is... (more)

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FuelRestMotion 0 · November 12, 2011 at 6:38 AM

Hommus! I that is all I have ever used chickpeas for and still have some now and then, it's absolutely worth it. Love hommus. Hommus on bbqed lamb is glorious Consider it a cheat, a 20 in your 80/20. Add coconut cream or oil to your hommus for a... (more)

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by 260 · about 2 hours ago

My boss brought me in some seeds to try. They are called Saviseeds. The taste is initially peanut but quickly turns to buttery rich deliciousness. The package claims that one 5oz serving has 6000mg of omega 3, is super high in fibre and high in... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · October 28, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, 'cuz these look like a lot of fun, but... The omega-3 is linolenic acid which makes it about as useless as flax oil. Plus it has a good amout of n6 - nearly as much as the n3. So, enjoy sparingly, like other nuts.... (more)

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by 1906 · about 2 hours ago

Dr. Kurt Harris recently stated, in reference to edits he made on his "getting started guide": I've deleted references to legumes other than avoiding soy and peanuts, as other legumes seem more and more benign to me. One of the staple... (more)

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ra25093 0 · September 16, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Though I'm not a bean expert, I will say this: two of the most severe and common allergies in the world are soy and peanuts. This is not the case with other beans, peas, and lentils. I would think that would suggest soy and peanuts have an... (more)

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