I have been paleo for about a month an am slowly reintroducing foods to see how my body handles them. I have noticed that I do horribly on wheat but seem to tolerate black beans, humus, and white rice wonderfully. I don't eat more than a serving a day or so when I do include them. Do you guys have any bad reactions to these foods and if I do not then is there any reason not to eat them?
IDK, theyre not really the tastiest foods. That might be a pretty good reason not to eat them! :P :D
The hazda eat tsi tsi beans. But we are really guessing by labelling food groups "beans" and stabbing at their chemical make-up too.
Just like with grains, as pointed out in marks daily apple. Rice is a grain, and contains similar nasties to wheat. But its not as bad, has less. White rice the least. So while it shouldnt be a daily item, once in a while wont really hurt.
In terms of legumes its probably similar, where soy is the worst, and some of the others are still not ideal, but not as bad.
And re: tolerate, that doesnt mean its going to prevent disease, increase fitness, mood, cognitive abilities or longevity. Which depends on your goals really.
Are you trying to avoid current/present illness, or maximise your health?
And the later does kinda require the subjective and speculative a little admitedly.
And then again 80/20 applies, and if we lock outselves into an overly strict diet, we wont keep to it. Not point in failing on a diet, if the odd cheat would help us keep it.
Id you really like those foods (I dont, black beans, lentils and white rice all taste bland as heck to me), eat them if you want to, in small amounts/irregularly.
Personally, ive never reintroduced them after eliminating them. I might one day, if they happen to come up.
Someone else might chime in on the anti-nutrient contents and all that.
For me, I tried to introduce chickpeas (hummus) and I tried to introduce cannellini beans -- both turned out really bad. I got bloated, had stomach pains, and would get significant hot flashes within a couple of hours.
Peanuts, Green Peas, and String beans I don't have any reaction to.
I eat them occasionally when I feel a recipe really would benefit for it--I'm a real food eater, first and foremost. This happens rarely, and I prepare them WAPF-style with a really good soak and cooked in bone broth before using. I also make a point to avoid them during my period since they tend to contribute to some gnarly cramps, plus I'm bloated enough as it is during that time, I don't need help.
Other than the phytoestrogen/cramps thing, I tend to avoid them for the simple fact that I can't handle too much fiber in my diet. I also quit eating them as a staple protein source when my health was spiraling downward as a semi-vegetarian. I consider them a carb source, and a source of folate (I eat liver and greens, but it's not enough for me). Or a vehicle for ham hocks. I admit, one of my favorite dishes to make is a pot of well-soaked black beans cooked in beef marrow broth with a pastured ham hock in it. Not an everyday fare, but I tend to make it once a month. Makes for an easy lunch for my decidedly non-paleo husband.
I tend to benefit from my limited consumption of them. I pretty much stick to black beans and lentils when I eat them. I easily skip them when eating out, though.
I haven't eaten them for about a year mainly because, as others have said, they aren't the most interesting of foods anyway and I can do without them.
I always thought that the "beans beans make you fart, beans, beans good for you heart" thing was an urban myth, until I had the misfortune to eat a few at a Southern BBQ in Carolina last week. I only had a small amount (in comparison to the huge amount of ribs that I ate), but the quantity of gas that it created makes me think that our digestion system isn't ideally suited for them. It probably just shows the degree to which Paleo has improved my digestive health that I noticed it at all.
Don't think I'll be eating them again.
I eat beans daily without any glucose problems. There are my chief source of carbohydrate--less than 75gr per day, usually under 60.
It is pretty much a matter of individual differences. 'Philosophically,' beans are not old enough in the human diet to qualify as 'paleo.' Many leave them out for that reason alone, also issues of anti-nutrients come up.
Research the nutrient content of the beans you are interested in and see what works for you. You can always drop them later if you find them causing trouble, or if you learn of other reasons to leave them alone.
There are MANY stages between pre Ice Age 'healthy-hunter-gatherer,' and nutritionally deprived peon farmer. We have the freedom to shop around.
I eat miso, and I am looking for a shop in town to buy natto. I think it becomes its own category when fermented to that extent, no longer just a legume/bean but a kind of supplement of nutrients and probiotics.
Another way I occasionally eat beans is when soaked and sprouted. Again, this changes the composition and increases nutrients dramatically.