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Why avoid chickpeas?

Answered on September 02, 2014
Created October 09, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Excuse me if I am just being dense but why should we avoid chickpeas on Paleo, other then the 'you need to boil to make them edible'. I understand people say stay clear of certain legumes due to an anti-nutriant but chickpeas is not one of these and also the anti nutriant is removed when preparing?

There seems to be alot of postiive reasons for eating chickpeas, especially if you eat them with fat. Can anyone clear this up for me or link me to threads about why they are bad?

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on October 13, 2013
at 02:20 PM

Yes properly prepared legumes are a great food. Most people just can't be arsed with it. E.g. you can soak brown rice to break down the phtyic acid, or you could just eat white rice.

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on October 10, 2013
at 12:07 PM

I agree with Dave

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on October 10, 2013
at 08:00 AM

I'm sure you meant 'lectins'?

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It's this sort of knee-jerk paleo doctrinal reaction that gets us classified as nut buckets. It's why people say paleo is a fad diet and unscientific nonsense. CDone's answer is solid.

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on October 09, 2013
at 12:13 PM

I have been wondering the same thing.

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on October 09, 2013
at 02:51 PM

Frankly, unless they are causing specific digestive issues, there is no reason not to eat them. Hummus is delicious. Seeds (including grains, legumes and nuts) should not be the base of your pyramid, due to excess n6 and other issues. You can make a case for avoiding gluten and other nutritionally poor grains. Avoiding soy, peanuts and kidney beans are probably a good idea. And think twice about eating things that give you gas as you may be proliferating bad bacteria. That leaves plenty of legumes to sample from time to time, including chickpeas. Soak 'em if you want - I can't say that it's really necessary...

I still eat peanuts, btw. They don't seem to bother me.

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on October 09, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Chick pea is easy to aviod, you just need a really small umbrella.

As with all legumes, if you properly prepare them (soaking before cooking) there is little to no concern. Legumes offer some solid nutritional benefits, but anything they offer can be found in similar quantity and quality in other "paleo-approved" foods. So there is no need to add legumes to your diet -- there's also little reason to eschew them.

Honestly, if chickpeas are the least-paleo thing in your "20%" you are doing pretty damn good.

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on October 13, 2013
at 02:20 PM

Yes properly prepared legumes are a great food. Most people just can't be arsed with it. E.g. you can soak brown rice to break down the phtyic acid, or you could just eat white rice.

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on October 10, 2013
at 05:13 AM

Because of the lecithins and raffinose and antinutrients, but if yu're in doubt, you can always sprout them first. I know, I'm a hummus fiend

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on October 10, 2013
at 08:00 AM

I'm sure you meant 'lectins'?

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on October 09, 2013
at 03:33 PM

At the moment they are the only non paleo food I eat. I eat hummus for breakfast on work days and I love how easy it is. I can make enough to last me a week, keep it in the fridge in work and eat it with some celery. Just concerned if doing this every day is bad.

I am insulin resitant so starchy carbs are probably really bad for me , but doesnt the fact I eat it with oil/fat helo lower the GI?

I understand most of the responses were in moderation its fine. Do you think it's okay for every day? And I know Chickpeas are legumes, I meant they are legumes that don't contain the anti nutriant.

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on October 10, 2013
at 12:07 PM

I agree with Dave

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on October 09, 2013
at 02:44 PM

It's this sort of knee-jerk paleo doctrinal reaction that gets us classified as nut buckets. It's why people say paleo is a fad diet and unscientific nonsense. CDone's answer is solid.

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