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Beans, I just feel better when I eat them! Is it that bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2013 at 3:55 PM

When I cut out beans completely from my diet, I do not feel as good. I do not have as much energy, and I feel less toned. Before starting Paleo I would have a can of garbanzo beans for lunch a day. After a year of Paleo I have started incorporating them back into my diet, along with a little high quality dairy here and there, and one Gluten Free cheat a week. (a brownie, or a pizza crust etc) ...... Honestly I feel much better. Just wanted a second opinion.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:36 PM

have your cravings subsided?

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:19 PM

Excellent thank you.

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at 11:19 PM

Interesting point, I eat 2 eggs and 8 oz sausage for breakfast as of now, and a big hunk of meat for dinner. Lunch is typically a salmon salad with almonds.

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at 11:17 PM

Ok I will check that out thank you!

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at 07:41 PM

Yes! Personally, I find that beans make me feel sluggish and bloated...but "different strokes for different folks" gets short shrift around here.

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on May 13, 2013
at 06:59 PM

+1 for balance.

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on May 13, 2013
at 06:31 PM

she's obviously not talking about raw kidney beans -- but rather a can of garbanzo beans. So not sure what Roth is getting at. katied, if you don't have digestive issues, enjoy the beans. A can for lunch sounds disgusting to me, but it's not unhealthy to a healthy person.

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at 05:58 PM

Roth, does the same (poisoning) apply to grains, especially wheat and rice? Thanks!

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at 04:41 PM

Incorrect, Roth. "Poisoning can be induced from as few as five raw beans, and symptoms occur within three hours, beginning with nausea, then vomiting, which can be severe and sustained (profuse), followed by diarrhea. Recovery occurs within four or five hours of onset, usually without the need for any medical intervention." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytohaemagglutinin

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Beans and legumes are extremely difficult to digest. Eating 4 or so uncooked kidney beans is enough to kill an adult human. If you have ANY GI issues, stay away from beans and you can thank me later. If you have no GI issues, you should look up the Weston A. Price Foundation and learn how to properly prepare and ferment beans.

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on May 13, 2013
at 07:31 PM

Garbonzos are one of the healthier beans, I say avoid the impossible pursuit of paleo perfection and enjoy 'em. Heck, they strike me as more "paleo" than a cup of blended coffee and butter.

Avoiding legumes because raw kidney beans make you sick makes as much sense as not eating mushrooms because some of them can be deadly.

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on May 13, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Yes! Personally, I find that beans make me feel sluggish and bloated...but "different strokes for different folks" gets short shrift around here.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:19 PM

Excellent thank you.

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on May 13, 2013
at 04:36 PM

I eat beans regularly because I find them absolutely delicious. Avoiding them has no noticeable effect on my energy levels or digestion.

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on May 13, 2013
at 06:59 PM

+1 for balance.

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on May 13, 2013
at 04:03 PM

Might be worthwhile looking at your protein consumption with and without beans in the diet. That being that perhaps when you include beans you are eating more protein then when you don't.

The other thing is that you are incorporating diary and a treat. It might be just that you are eating more food, eating more sugar, or simply not worrying so much.

Keeping everything the same except beans (include/exclude) and compare the the two. Probably best to run the self-experiment for a minimum of a week for each.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:19 PM

Interesting point, I eat 2 eggs and 8 oz sausage for breakfast as of now, and a big hunk of meat for dinner. Lunch is typically a salmon salad with almonds.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:29 PM

Beans are a rich source of folate, although I am not sure what the exact amount is in garbanzo beans, so you might be relieving a folate deficiency by eating them. Beans are not an unhealthy food if you have no issues with the hard to digest sugars in them. They are a good source of starch and many populations have eaten them for centuries with no problems. So go ahead and enjoy your beans.

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on May 24, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Beans are a lot easier to digest if you sprout them first. Even soaking them for 24 hours starts to break down the sugars. The longer you let them sprout the easier they will be to digest. Obviously, this is a lot more work than opening a can of beans, but it's not difficult.

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on May 15, 2013
at 02:29 PM

You might also find them delicious because you're not eating enough carbs? I sort of think that you need to buy organic chickpeas, and soak and prepare them yourself instead of canned. I feel like most beans you could probably get away if you soak and prepare them correctly but that's a lot of advance preparation and time.

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on May 13, 2013
at 10:05 PM

If you've rigorously established that beans really don't hurt your health, then eat them and enjoy them! There are some theoretical reasons they might be bad for you, but different people are different and maybe you're one of those who are resistant to any of the downsides.

If you have any concerns about antinutrients, you might be interested in sprouting -- sprouted, cooked beans are just as delicious, they're not particularly hard to make, they may or may not be easier to digest, and it's widely agreed that they're much lower in phytate.

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at 11:17 PM

Ok I will check that out thank you!

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