Americans are skeptical due to (my theory), all the negating data surrounding healthy!! (Better than Non-Paleo too! Pun intended. Any diet, health, or nutritional program you undertake should be discussed with your doctor or other licensed medical professional. It starts right now. The bigger picture is our entire food supply has been poisoned-, Seafood- Mercury, farm-raised issues, other toxins Hey Dan! Do you know how long our crops have been tainted? But as far as the Paleo experts go, it’s nearly unanimous that the phytate and lectin content of legumes makes them something to avoid while on Paleo. I don’t think any of us comsume raw or uncooked legumes. Banning legumes has nothing to do with the phytates but rather ‘must’ be bad somehow because they are not in the paleo diet. There are 2 substances in peanuts that are especially problematic for us to consume: 1.Peanuts contain Peanut Agglutinin, which is one of the most problematic lectins.  The life expectancy gap is not closing. The result was a higher death rate for the high fiber group over the course of the 2-year study although the difference in death rate was not considered significant. Peanut Butter Could Contain Trans Fats. Then I will introduce non-gluten grains back in to determine if it was the grains or the gluten. -Tony. Just make sure that the legumes you are consuming are in addition to the quality lean meats and vegetables you are eating, not as a replacement for them. Check your email to download the free resources. 100% of their stuff won’t be perfectly clean but you can’t go crazy worrying. Shame on you for producing such misleading information. They need to be cooked and the remaining lectins help prevent cancer. Information on this site is NOT intended to serve as a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or advice from a qualified, licensed medical professional. over 80 family-friendly recipes, all 100% AIP! Now that I switched to grass-fed beef and steak, I like to keep it pretty rare, and as far as pastured eggs go, I eat several raw eggs a day and a couple scrambled or hardboiled too. Chickpeas contain plenty of protein and fiber. It only seems that way. Nothing empirical to support the claims. If you eat legumes, then you’re not really eating primal. But they have a specific property to them, they make it harder for the body to absorb important nutrients, making them a sort of antinutrient, which leads them to be kicked out of the Paleo sphere of healthy foods. Eating real food is not a fad though. Apples and almond butter, bananas and almond butter … more protein, no sucrose, no additives, and so good. And sweetbreads are organs, by the way. Many of their authentic bean dishes contain lard, as do their tortillas. The fuss over fiber is a very new concept in our society. Beef- Grain fed, resulting in a weird fat ratio, anti-biotics, inhumane living conditions, disease, growth hormones Mediterranean diets were mentioned, and some of the healthiest people/civilizations in the world eat mainly beans and whole grains. Just not honest. Boost Your Energy, Lose Weight, & Feel Better by Starting the Smart Way. The difference is we consume to much grains and legumes…the easterners know a great deal about controlling their portions. I grew up in a vegetarian home but in adulthood eat chicken and wild fish a couple of times per week and red meat a few times per year. One theory has to do with the aflatoxin present in most of the peanuts (and wheat, rice and other major crops) in the U.S. Aflatoxin is a toxin that is created by mold that forms when crops like peanuts are stored in large masses. Jan, 2012 by Andrew Frezza in What to Eat. This may be the most often asked question within the paleo diet community. Best Egg Salad I Have Ever Had! While I don’t think legumes are the worst thing you can eat – things like pizza, milkshakes, and donuts are far worse – but, here are 10 reasons why it’s still healthier to avoid legumes (please pin the infographic below). I think you are correct in pointing out the potential benefits of legumes but I also think that additional fiber beyond fruits and vegetables is unneccessary, iron absorbtion is likely blocked by the phytic acid in the legumes, your better off getting complete proteins from animal products, and lean meats, seafood, fruits and vegetables, are all better sources of vitamins and minerals.