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How many of you eat beans with no Ill effects?

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Created October 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I have been paleo for about a month an am slowly reintroducing foods to see how my body handles them. I have noticed that I do horribly on wheat but seem to tolerate black beans, humus, and white rice wonderfully. I don't eat more than a serving a day or so when I do include them. Do you guys have any bad reactions to these foods and if I do not then is there any reason not to eat them?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:38 PM

If I ever do something just because it's "not paleo", remind me to go find my brain.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Research showed that fermenting lentils for 36 hours, destroys 90% of their lectins, essentially making them near-harmless. I'd say that's how far I'd go with legumes, I wouldn't try any other kind (except for some non-GMO tamari wheat-free soy sauce every now and then).

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:50 PM

beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot.

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on October 24, 2012
at 04:30 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natt%C5%8D

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 23, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I agree. My reasons for avoiding most grains and processed foods has nothing to do with them "not being paleo." I think the paleo diet is a great place to start when figuring out an ideal diet but I don't think that any diet is perfect for everyone. I add to/ take food out of the paleo diet to find the diet that my body seems to thrive on.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 23, 2012
at 01:21 AM

Haha, I ended up eating beans, rice and wheat for lunch today. Such a naughty caveman I am.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on October 22, 2012
at 11:40 PM

I just dont personally dig the taste, so ive no great desire to eat em.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on October 22, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I totally understand if people want to eat them. And given the hazda, I think it may be questionable that they are not paleo. If the hazda eat them regularly, we all may have at one time. Id personally still stick to irregularly, like I would if I ate rice, just based on general trends (educated guesswork) of the chemical contents based on food group. But it is kinda speculative some of this stuff.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on October 22, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Actually VB, my food list isnt nearly as limited as it once was. I have expanded alot. I have found in the past that if my stomach goes bad, bone broth and yogurt and soft foods helps. Actually that was on your advise-ish when I had pain. Daily bone broth took care of it. I generally dont "cheat" though yet.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 22, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I eat what I want. Actually I do what I want, pretty much all the time. Food exercise etc. I can't imagine refraining from doing what I want because it's "not Paleo," I don't think any diet/lifestyle should be a prison. Also if you are going to be the Poop Master you need to have some fiber in your diet.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 22, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Beans are truly delicious. They are my favorite cheat and I have no immediate side effects from eating them.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:10 PM

"All the time?" Beans are not Paleo.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Britt, are you still eating them? They are not Paleo....

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:10 PM

really?? they are one of my absolute favorite foods. I love them on salads or plain or with anything really. I love pureeing them and spreading them on chicken or beef patties. I prefer the taste of them over the taste of meat any day.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 22, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Everyone around you probably appreciates that! =)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 22, 2012
at 02:02 PM

I can eat pinto beans occasionally, but black beans kill me. Lentils are a no-go for me...they taste nasty and shoot my glucose levels through the roof. While following an ADA suggested diet to try to control my diabetes, I ate a cup of lentils and a small chicken breast. Glucose was 289 1 hour later. It was only 169 after I ate a cup of frosting!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:44 PM

+1 on beans not being appealing. I've had no desire at all to experiment with them.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:52 PM

@HippiPaleo -- Me too! I used to eat beans all the time. Weird. @VB -- Yes, I have always soaked beans for at least 12 hours before cooking.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:50 PM

Do you have a limited list of foods as well?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:48 PM

Have you tried lentils, I wonder? Also, have you tried soaking chickpeas overnight?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:39 PM

me too. I never had problems with beans until I stopped eating them, and then tried to add back in - seriously bad stomach pains.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:31 PM

IDK, theyre not really the tastiest foods. That might be a pretty good reason not to eat them! :P :D

The hazda eat tsi tsi beans. But we are really guessing by labelling food groups "beans" and stabbing at their chemical make-up too.

Just like with grains, as pointed out in marks daily apple. Rice is a grain, and contains similar nasties to wheat. But its not as bad, has less. White rice the least. So while it shouldnt be a daily item, once in a while wont really hurt.

In terms of legumes its probably similar, where soy is the worst, and some of the others are still not ideal, but not as bad.

And re: tolerate, that doesnt mean its going to prevent disease, increase fitness, mood, cognitive abilities or longevity. Which depends on your goals really.

Are you trying to avoid current/present illness, or maximise your health?

And the later does kinda require the subjective and speculative a little admitedly.

And then again 80/20 applies, and if we lock outselves into an overly strict diet, we wont keep to it. Not point in failing on a diet, if the odd cheat would help us keep it.

Id you really like those foods (I dont, black beans, lentils and white rice all taste bland as heck to me), eat them if you want to, in small amounts/irregularly.

Personally, ive never reintroduced them after eliminating them. I might one day, if they happen to come up.

Someone else might chime in on the anti-nutrient contents and all that.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:44 PM

+1 on beans not being appealing. I've had no desire at all to experiment with them.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on October 22, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Britt, are you still eating them? They are not Paleo....

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:50 PM

Do you have a limited list of foods as well?

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 22, 2012
at 11:40 PM

I just dont personally dig the taste, so ive no great desire to eat em.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on October 22, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Beans are truly delicious. They are my favorite cheat and I have no immediate side effects from eating them.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:10 PM

really?? they are one of my absolute favorite foods. I love them on salads or plain or with anything really. I love pureeing them and spreading them on chicken or beef patties. I prefer the taste of them over the taste of meat any day.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 22, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Actually VB, my food list isnt nearly as limited as it once was. I have expanded alot. I have found in the past that if my stomach goes bad, bone broth and yogurt and soft foods helps. Actually that was on your advise-ish when I had pain. Daily bone broth took care of it. I generally dont "cheat" though yet.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 22, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I totally understand if people want to eat them. And given the hazda, I think it may be questionable that they are not paleo. If the hazda eat them regularly, we all may have at one time. Id personally still stick to irregularly, like I would if I ate rice, just based on general trends (educated guesswork) of the chemical contents based on food group. But it is kinda speculative some of this stuff.

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 22, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I eat them occasionally when I feel a recipe really would benefit for it--I'm a real food eater, first and foremost. This happens rarely, and I prepare them WAPF-style with a really good soak and cooked in bone broth before using. I also make a point to avoid them during my period since they tend to contribute to some gnarly cramps, plus I'm bloated enough as it is during that time, I don't need help.

Other than the phytoestrogen/cramps thing, I tend to avoid them for the simple fact that I can't handle too much fiber in my diet. I also quit eating them as a staple protein source when my health was spiraling downward as a semi-vegetarian. I consider them a carb source, and a source of folate (I eat liver and greens, but it's not enough for me). Or a vehicle for ham hocks. I admit, one of my favorite dishes to make is a pot of well-soaked black beans cooked in beef marrow broth with a pastured ham hock in it. Not an everyday fare, but I tend to make it once a month. Makes for an easy lunch for my decidedly non-paleo husband.

I tend to benefit from my limited consumption of them. I pretty much stick to black beans and lentils when I eat them. I easily skip them when eating out, though.

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 22, 2012
at 12:41 PM

I eat beans all the time with no problems. Generally with rice.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on October 22, 2012
at 06:10 PM

"All the time?" Beans are not Paleo.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 22, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I eat what I want. Actually I do what I want, pretty much all the time. Food exercise etc. I can't imagine refraining from doing what I want because it's "not Paleo," I don't think any diet/lifestyle should be a prison. Also if you are going to be the Poop Master you need to have some fiber in your diet.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 23, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I agree. My reasons for avoiding most grains and processed foods has nothing to do with them "not being paleo." I think the paleo diet is a great place to start when figuring out an ideal diet but I don't think that any diet is perfect for everyone. I add to/ take food out of the paleo diet to find the diet that my body seems to thrive on.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 24, 2012
at 09:38 PM

If I ever do something just because it's "not paleo", remind me to go find my brain.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:35 PM

For me, I tried to introduce chickpeas (hummus) and I tried to introduce cannellini beans -- both turned out really bad. I got bloated, had stomach pains, and would get significant hot flashes within a couple of hours.

Peanuts, Green Peas, and String beans I don't have any reaction to.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:52 PM

@HippiPaleo -- Me too! I used to eat beans all the time. Weird. @VB -- Yes, I have always soaked beans for at least 12 hours before cooking.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:39 PM

me too. I never had problems with beans until I stopped eating them, and then tried to add back in - seriously bad stomach pains.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 22, 2012
at 02:02 PM

I can eat pinto beans occasionally, but black beans kill me. Lentils are a no-go for me...they taste nasty and shoot my glucose levels through the roof. While following an ADA suggested diet to try to control my diabetes, I ate a cup of lentils and a small chicken breast. Glucose was 289 1 hour later. It was only 169 after I ate a cup of frosting!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:48 PM

Have you tried lentils, I wonder? Also, have you tried soaking chickpeas overnight?

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E2db1519690001648433e8109eb2c013

on October 22, 2012
at 07:03 PM

I eat beans daily without any glucose problems. There are my chief source of carbohydrate--less than 75gr per day, usually under 60.

It is pretty much a matter of individual differences. 'Philosophically,' beans are not old enough in the human diet to qualify as 'paleo.' Many leave them out for that reason alone, also issues of anti-nutrients come up.

Research the nutrient content of the beans you are interested in and see what works for you. You can always drop them later if you find them causing trouble, or if you learn of other reasons to leave them alone.

There are MANY stages between pre Ice Age 'healthy-hunter-gatherer,' and nutritionally deprived peon farmer. We have the freedom to shop around.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:18 PM

I haven't eaten them for about a year mainly because, as others have said, they aren't the most interesting of foods anyway and I can do without them.

I always thought that the "beans beans make you fart, beans, beans good for you heart" thing was an urban myth, until I had the misfortune to eat a few at a Southern BBQ in Carolina last week. I only had a small amount (in comparison to the huge amount of ribs that I ate), but the quantity of gas that it created makes me think that our digestion system isn't ideally suited for them. It probably just shows the degree to which Paleo has improved my digestive health that I noticed it at all.

Don't think I'll be eating them again.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:50 PM

beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:12 PM

No problem with beans, though I don't eat still don't eat them.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 23, 2012
at 01:21 AM

Haha, I ended up eating beans, rice and wheat for lunch today. Such a naughty caveman I am.

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Dc594d9b86218d0a54baf964fd39496c

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Farts. Smelly farts. Best reason not to (at least for me).

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 22, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Everyone around you probably appreciates that! =)

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on October 25, 2012
at 02:34 AM

I eat lentils now and then. Indian style, cooked to hell so there's almost nothing left of them. Indian food is one compromise I made now and then.

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3720f5eb63757f8cdbf393ac7530c1c3

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:16 PM

I quite like beans but even before I discovered paleo I used to avoid them, or make sure I wasn't going to be out in public after eating them - the farts were horrendous! After a beany meal it would be about 48 hours of evil stinky misery that was plain embarrassing :(

I used to eat them fairly regularly though as I thought they were good for me... Its actually a relief to find diet that says its ok not to eat them... My stomach (and probably my friends and family) definitely thanks me for cutting them out!

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3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on October 24, 2012
at 04:30 PM

I eat miso, and I am looking for a shop in town to buy natto. I think it becomes its own category when fermented to that extent, no longer just a legume/bean but a kind of supplement of nutrients and probiotics.

Another way I occasionally eat beans is when soaked and sprouted. Again, this changes the composition and increases nutrients dramatically.

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

(1186)

on October 24, 2012
at 04:30 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natt%C5%8D

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32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on October 24, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Well, I for one am glad beans aren't "paleo." They're disgusting.

That said, I had a couple bowls of chili the other day with no ill effects.

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