I was reading up on some bits regarding why peanuts are bad for you on this site and came across the following article:
When reading it I came across one of the answers that said the following:
"All foods have lectins, all of them. Someone like Cordain or Wolf was talking about specific lectins in legumes and now people seem to think lectins themselves are bad."
This was news to me. So, in an effort to make sure that I don't look like an idiot when explaining this stuff to people, I would like to ask:
What are the most common misconceptions surrounding the Paleo way of eating made by Paleo eaters themselves in your experience?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Yes, all plants have lectins. But there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different lectins - some lectins are worse than others - the lectin in wheat (WGA - wheat germ agglutininen) is particularly nasty. So the real question is whether a particular lectin is problematic.
Peanuts are bad because of the lectins and phytates and a bad n6:n3 ratio (and high PUFA overall). Of course, you could say the same about most tree nuts. The real reason peanuts should be avoided is aflatoxin - the mold that is often present which causes the problem for those allergic to peanuts.
I still eat peanuts once in a while (It's probably my favorite flavor after chocolate). But I consider it a "cheat".
One of the biggest for me personally is the dairy issue.
Let me be clear, I'm always the one saying indeed that the whole premise of "paleo" is simply three ideas: avoiding GRAINS, LEGUMES, AND DAIRY. And I still tell people new to the scene, that if they simply avoid those three things they will see improvements to their well-being across the board. This I still believe.
That being said I'd say a big misconception I've had is that storebought, pasteurized dairy is absolutely deleterious to everyone's health, period. I no longer believe this. I maintain that we all can go without dairy with no problems, and that if one is fat, metabolically deranged, etc then they would do better without dairy. But, I now feel that if one is fit, active, athletic, then dairy can contribute to improved athletic gains, repairing beaten-down muscle fibers, etc.
I think a misconception is the idea that all acute and chronic conditions have some sort of link to paleo. Although diet is a major factor, there are many other ways the body interacts with the surrounding environment and world.
From the Paleo Robustus-"Paleo is not a diet, and it's not about low carb."
From the people entering to lose weight-"Oh, carbs are fine now! I need an IF schedule. I'm really messed up, but I can do this without even a blood test to start."
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