Beans Beans The Musical Fruit

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Where do people stand on Beans?

I am mainly wondering about Baked Beans, Kidney Beans and Chickpeas.

The only reason that I am asking about this, is because one of the only meals I would cook myself before I made the change, was a 3 Bean Chilli. Now I loved it, and I kinda miss it, and want to know why beans aren't recommended? And if any of you actually still do eat them.

Cheers - Jono



on February 17, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Interested in this! It could allow me to eat more starch without potatoes or rice...

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on February 16, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Mark Sisson's take:


Dr. Kurt G. Harris:

"I've deleted references to legumes other than avoiding soy and peanuts, as other legumes seem more and more benign to me."



on February 17, 2012
at 02:32 PM

"Anybody that knows beans about chili, knows you don't put beans in chili"


I do not eat beans at all. Beans, and the subsequent gas issues they create, in addition to their fiber content, causes "explosive" issues that have even resulted in surface bleeding and very uncomfortable (think "machine gun") movements.

I grew up eating copious amounts of them, you could say they have been my "peoples" ancestral food for the past 300 years or so (Southern Appalachian American (Hillbilly) here, most family lines pre-revolutionary), and despite any short-term epigenetic/ancestral adaptations, they have still caused me significant issues... even pre-paleo (but much worse now).

In other words, beans are a comfort food going in, and, well... not so much comfort otherwise. I would probably risk gluten before I risk beans.

Some "fresh" legumes such as peas, snap beans, and lima beans have not caused me significant issues, but the higher-protein dry beans such as kidneys, lentils, pinto beans, broad, and navy beans have always done this - in practically any quantity.

It's a shame, I grew up in a household where $2 worth of dry beans (soaked for 24 hours in water and baking soda or vinegar), a $3 smoked ham hock, and a skillet full of cornbread could feed a family of 10. Despite living in squalor most of my formative years, I was never hungry.



on February 17, 2012
at 12:26 AM

^^^A good resource.

Add too that they are starchy, they do cause a bit of an insulin response, and they do contribute to fat gains. So if dieting down, avoid them unless it's a carb loading day...otherwise, they are fine IMO. I personally only eat them when I'm carb loading or having a "cheat meal." But that's just my own take.



on February 17, 2012
at 03:52 PM

I eat fresh peas and green beans. Once in a while, I'll cook up some dried beans as comfort food. But like any other starchy food, if eaten regularly, dried beans dysregulate my appetite and drive me to overeat.

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