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Are legumes really that bad for you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM

aside from the mycotoxins in peanut butter, but i don't see what's wrong with most legumes.

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on December 21, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Cooking doesn't 'get rid of' phytates, but it can reduce them to a small degree. Sprouting will also help.

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:43 AM

Doesn't cooking also get rid of phytates?

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on December 21, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Hardline paleo is going to avoid them at all costs. But... Not making them a staple, they're probably fine. There are better foods to eat as a staple in one's diet.

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on December 21, 2012
at 02:16 AM

The biggest antinutrients in beans are saponins and lectins. According to Mat Lalonde more studies need to be done but it looks like a lot of these antinutrients get destroyed either in cooking or digestion. A lot of his stuff goes pretty deep into the science but you should watch his presentation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpfs6iT2nDw and the accompanying slides. He starts talking about saponins then lectins around 29:45.

The way I look at them, they're mostly carbs so why worry about them unless you want a decent source for carbs, or you're post-menopausal (soy)

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on December 21, 2012
at 01:38 AM

See http://paleohacks.com/questions/11278/why-are-legumes-not-paleo#axzz2Fe7nxZiy

But to answer your questions, yes, they are typically avoided due to the anti-nutrients they contain that are similar to wheat and cannot be digested. Ways to avoid this are by soaking and fermenting, but the process takes awhile and the phytates never truly disappear.

Also, in terms of peanut butter, MDA even makes the argument that it may be addicting: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-bad-is-peanut-butter-really/#axzz2Fe8Dsqbj

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:43 AM

Doesn't cooking also get rid of phytates?

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 21, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Cooking doesn't 'get rid of' phytates, but it can reduce them to a small degree. Sprouting will also help.

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