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Where to buy rare beans

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2011 at 3:59 AM

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place to buy Anasazi or White Heirloom bean types in the Northeastern USA (Anasazi supposedly have lectins harmless to humans, and white heirloom supposedly don't have any lectins). I found a website that sells them but would like to buy cheaper in a store.

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on January 25, 2011
at 08:16 PM

when I try new legumes I nuke them for 30 minutes in the pressure cooker, as this helps minimize the lectins and antinutrients. but now I'm reading about phytoestrogen content in legumes, and I wouldn't want to increase my estrogen levels. so many factors to juggle...

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on January 24, 2011
at 08:29 PM

The lectin stuff seems to be very overstated in the paleo community. Don't only eat beans. You'll be fine.

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on January 24, 2011
at 04:32 AM

Gotta remember, lectins aren't the only issues. Phytates and trypsin inhibitors are other issues in legumes.

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on January 24, 2011
at 04:31 AM

As I understand it, they have different types of lectins. Some, like castor beans, have a lectin called ricin, which is used in chemical warfare, whereas others aren't harmful like in broccoli, spinach etc. I think this is the difference in things like peas and green beans, where they can be eaten raw without food poisoning, while they're technically legumes.

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:01 AM

Your local Hispanic market should have anasazi and other heirloom beans. You might also look for them in a non-chain healthfood store.

I go back and forth on the subject of eating beans or not. If you'd like to read an essay on why they might be good for you, read The Jungle Effect by Daphne Miller, MD. She is in practice in San Francisco.

http://drdaphne.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/JungleEffectRecipes.pdf

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on January 24, 2011
at 05:18 AM

on anti-nutrients in "Anasazi" beans: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9527344

Anasazi beans are actually available in average grocery stores in Texas, so you could check if you haven't already.

This isn't an endorsement of that research, I haven't read the actual paper. I'm skeptical, to say the least.

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on January 24, 2011
at 04:07 AM

What research shows the lectins are harmless to humans? And what research shows a plant that does not have lectins? I thought they all have lectins because they don't want to be eaten.

Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on January 24, 2011
at 04:31 AM

As I understand it, they have different types of lectins. Some, like castor beans, have a lectin called ricin, which is used in chemical warfare, whereas others aren't harmful like in broccoli, spinach etc. I think this is the difference in things like peas and green beans, where they can be eaten raw without food poisoning, while they're technically legumes.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on January 25, 2011
at 08:16 PM

when I try new legumes I nuke them for 30 minutes in the pressure cooker, as this helps minimize the lectins and antinutrients. but now I'm reading about phytoestrogen content in legumes, and I wouldn't want to increase my estrogen levels. so many factors to juggle...

034c678bff434ab3781e3f1771018af9

(279)

on January 24, 2011
at 08:29 PM

The lectin stuff seems to be very overstated in the paleo community. Don't only eat beans. You'll be fine.

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on January 24, 2011
at 04:05 AM

Does that mean we can eat them? I do miss eating beans! haha

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