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Fresh shell beans (heirloom European type at farmers market) can I lower the antinutrients by sprouting?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

This is a once a year thing. For a brief time there are glorious fresh (never dried) purple beans at the farmers market. I intend to enjoy them paleo or not. That being said is there a way to reduce the anti nutrients in them? Some sort of preperation I can do? I have only been able to find instructions for dried beans but these are fresh. Thanks

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on October 14, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Some green beans are purple. I've been growing an heirloom called rattlesnake beans for the last 3 years, half are yellow and half are purple. Did the kind you get have an edible shell?

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on October 14, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Though they are not grean beans? Im confused.

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on October 14, 2012
at 07:07 PM

That would be awesome. These are a wonderful treat indeed!

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on October 14, 2012
at 07:06 PM

I was under the impression that most of the antinutrients developed after the beans dried to preserve them until they could sprout the next season. I believe Mark Sisson also gave fresh green beans a pass as being ok.

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on October 15, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Shell beans are closer to kidney/black/pinto beans than they are to grean beans or peas. Probably needs a good soak to be WAPF'ed.

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on October 15, 2012
at 01:07 PM

While green beans (and their purple cousins) and peas are "legumes" from a botanical standpoint, I think it's improper to shun all foods due to their botanical classification.

Green beans and peas do not exhibit the same level of anti-nutrients or glycemic reaction that (for example) kidney beans do. Enjoy!

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on October 15, 2012
at 01:04 PM

I assume you are talking about Purple Hull peas or Cow peas? They are a southern pea and the shell is not edible. I would say since they are fresh they shouldn't be any worse for you than green beans or English peas. A little isn't going to hurt you. There shouldn't be any prep since they aren't dried and don't have the concentration of anti-nutrients.

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on October 15, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Varieties of string beans are more pod than bean. We eat them when we can get them fresh. Here's Mark Sisson's take on the issue: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/are-peas-and-green-beans-healthy/#axzz29N7t2g7t

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