on April 15, 2010
at 01:43 AM
Green Beans are... Legumes
"Legumes have a similar story to grains; they weren’t consumed by the paleo hunter-gatherer because they needed to be cooked in order to be edible. Legumes also have similar traits to grains in their make-up; they contain phytates which inhibit nutrient absorption and cause inflammation. They also contain lectins and play with healthy hormonal functions.
Types of legumes to avoid on the paleo diet include lentils, all beans (such as kidney beans, pinto beans and broad beans), peanuts (peanuts are a legume not a nut), soy beans and chickpeas.
In my opinion, the mere fact that something needed to be cooked in order to be eaten doesn't eliminate it from the original huter-gatherer diet. Paleolithic people did plenty of cooking (fire wasn't just for heat). However, Cordain talks about a bunch of biochemical problems involved with the lectins in legumes. No beans then I guess.