I'm wondering what the lectin content of chana dal is. I believe it is the lowest glycemic food. It does require some soaking before cooking and can be seasoned many ways. I have about a pound of it in my pantry and am loathe to consign it to trash before I get an opinion on eating it. I love the stuff and used to eat it with rice or as a spread on Esekial Bread.
From my searching, chana dal = black chickpeas. I found this link to a paper "Antinutritional factors of chickpea and pigeonpea and their removal by processing" and it is interesting.
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Their opinion is that the lectin content is not significant enough to worry about, but that the protease inhibitors and oligosacharrides are. The protease inhibitors can be minimized through soaking/boiling etc. The oligosacharrides cannot (unless sprouted). I'm not sure if they have a worse side effect than flatulence.
My opinion: its a legume and therefore not paleo. However, beans/legumes are #11 in the 12 steps of Dr. Harris and I still do high fat dairy. I don't go out of my way to eat beans, but if I see some good chili and it has beans, well, down the hatch it goes! The real question is your tolerance to them. Do you feel better when you avoid them? If you can't tell the difference, I see no problem with having them from time to time. I wouldn't eat them daily - but that's my opinion - not totally scientific - and I'm okay with that.
"Dals (pronounced Daals) are dried legumes, belonging to the pea family. They are available in great variety all over India and make a very healthy alternative to meat dishes. The following recipe uses "chana" (pronounced chun-ah) dal, which is yellow in color. It is similar to, but not exactly like, dried yellow split peas. You must buy the genuine yellow chana dal from an Indian grocery store. The taste will be different if you use yellow split peas."
Cannot find anything about the Lectin content...but it does have some. Soaking helps. Being in the legume family, I would avoid it...but small amounts probably would be ok. If you have a blood glucose meter, test your blood after fasting 12 hours and then test at 1 hour to see how much your glucose is raised. Normal is around 95-100. A rise to 120 is not a problem, but anything higher could be problematic.
I have never really understood the desire to soak any cultivated product just to get it into a form that is not harmful to my body.
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