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by 1720 · about 13 hours 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 13 hours 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 13 hours ago

I've hardly touched a bean in a couple years. I'm looking to reintroduce legumes to my diet for a number of reasons. A few: folate, soluble fiber, lower methionine protein source, clean carbs, etc... What are some of the most nutritious and... (more)

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glib 0 · April 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I will go along with that, specially if the green peas are fresh frozen. Chickpeas under any circumstances, and they soak for two days and give you a 1/4 inch spear after that. for lentils I prefer the dark green French lentils, soaked one day.... (more)

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by 51 · about 13 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 384 · about 13 hours ago

So I've been doing more research recently into Lentils and Quinoa for two reasons: I am trying to live a more financially ethical lifestyle and have been trying to spend no more than $30/week on food for myself. I like the taste of them. I... (more)

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RK 0 · May 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I don't have hard data for you, but maybe one of these rabbit trails will lead you to it... Personally I find the debate of legumes versus non-legumes fascinating. One the paleo side you have the "legumes are full of anti-nutrients" position. ... (more)

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by 154 · about 14 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 289 · about 14 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 10 · about 14 hours ago

Hey paleoguys... here in Italy is autumn.. soon will be winter... and as every year in this period I feel sad a not angry as always.. and I don't know why! I'am in paleo since july... I've eliminated cereals,dairies,legumes,tomatoes,and white... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · October 02, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Take a vitamin D supplement - sunshine in a bottle!

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by 896 · about 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 20 · about 14 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 160 · about 14 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 50 · about 14 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 14 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 14 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 15 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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by 10 · about 15 hours ago

Hi I just finished a 30 day paleo diet and I feel good. I'm quite sold on the theory in general and the results of the diet were good. I did not have any health problems before and I used to eat a lot of grains (brown rice, whole wheat) and... (more)

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Karen 0 · August 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

If you feel better on a paleo diet, why return to eating grains and legumes? If you're not sure you feel better, eat a pile of grains and legumes and see what the difference is for you. You'll probably notice differences within 1-3 days. If you're... (more)

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by 1811 · about 15 hours ago

Although I'm a committed Paleo eater, I've recently gotten to thinking... Historically, could a certain amount of phytic acid have made sense in a diet that included high levels of minerals (like the Paleo diet)? Granted, eating something like a... (more)

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Primordial 0 · December 12, 2011 at 6:39 PM

It seems the only problem is too much iron. I don't know of any other mineral which is harmful in bigger amounts when consuming a diet without much phytic acid. This is the hypothesis about the "adaptive response": The high incidence of HH... (more)

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by 1724 · about 15 hours ago

I was served green beans the other day and realised I didn't know if they were a legume or a vegetable. Can you tell me? Also, I think I knoe that peas are legumes, am I correct? Thanks all.

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Karen 0 · August 01, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Botanically they're legumes. Personally, I regard young bean and pea pods and pea shoots as acceptable vegetables since the problematic compounds develop in the more mature seeds.

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by 2825 · about 15 hours ago

I've heard a lot about people cheating or accidentally ingesting non-paleo foods and being sick for days. Is this the case for everyone, or just those with guts that aren't fully healed? For example, the GAPs & SCD diets claim that, if... (more)

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Rhi 0 · June 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I think it's more likely that after eating well people just start noticing how bad grains/sugar etc make them feel. I used to think a slight headache and sore tummy was "normal".

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by 952 · about 15 hours ago

Paleo or not? What's your PERSONAL reaction to them? About them: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2

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Richard_N 0 · June 07, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I've eaten them every morning for years cooked with lots of lard and/or beef tallow and with wonderful results. I can coast for many hours without getting hungry...my blood sugar doesn't drop. I remain very sated. I prepare them based on the... (more)

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by 373 · about 15 hours ago

Not technically a paleo question, but I'm not sure what other nutritional community to ask :). Hypothetically, if I were to eat legumes, what would be some of the better ones to eat (from the paleo perspective -- lowest in o-6 and toxins (or that... (more)

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imanomnivore 0 · February 02, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Legumes are a huge part of Tim Ferriss's "slow carb" diet. He has mentioned that he thinks they are excellent for fat loss (especially lentils... though he's not quite sure on the mechanisms). What's funny is Robb Wolf did a guest post on paleo... (more)

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by 3509 · about 15 hours ago

I know that legumes are full of antinutrients. But I have also heard that legumes when cooked and fermented might be cleansed of most or all antinutrients. I love hummus that comes from chickpeas (though I think the chickpeas are not fermented to... (more)

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wjones3044 0 · January 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

If the stuff agrees with you, eat it. I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong with a food that humans haven't been eating since x number of years ago (as long as it's not some genetically recombinant food created in labs in recent... (more)

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