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    Hi Gang, complete newbie to Primal, i've been checking out this website for a while but just working my way through Mark's book. i've got a couple of questions that are confusing me. First up Peas ... on page 112 of the book , Mark recommends a list of vegetables to include in our diets due to their antioxidant content, peas being one of them. Then on page 158 he labels peas as a legume and something to be avoided ... am i missing something obvious here? The next question i have refers to a post on the blog regards sweet potatoes or yams. Why are these considered Primal, yet the humble potato, tatty, taters, spud, or whatever we call them not fall into a Primal category when it is just a starchy tuber much like the yam. Looking for help please!!!!

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    i eat peas. they are great! lovely and sweet. maybe it's because they are higher carb? dunno. they are green and natural - so I eat em

    think mark says no to legumes because most cannot be eaten without "steeping". Peas can be eaten fresh from the garden.

    potatoes are slightly toxic and part of the nightshade family and shouldn't really be eaten raw. Sweet pots and yams can (if i am wrong correct me)

    you just have to remember - our bodies were never adapated to eating foods that required extensive preparation to make them edible - EG - potatoes, grains, legumes.

    if you can cook it or eat it raw (veg wise!) it's good. If you have to cook it overnight - not so good.

    Although wouldn't say no to a tub of houmous.

    :-)
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    • #3
      so is that the point i'm missing? as veg he's referring to green peas and as legumes he's referring to chickpeas?

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      • #4
        dunno - can anyone validate my comments? all i know is you can't eat raw chick peas where as you could stand at a vine and munch peas out the pod till you were green in the face.

        think that's the point of primal you see.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea
        Last edited by queen_sheba; 11-23-2010, 07:21 AM.
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        • #5
          Two posts by Mark on potatoes:

          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/paleo-potatoes/

          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/potatoes-healthy/

          No info on the peas from me, sorry. Although if they are fresh (like green beans, etc) I don't personally have a problem w/ them. I think that is quite different from a dried legume that needs all sorts of processing to be able to eat...
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          • #6
            Mark's post on peas;

            It’s a great time of year to enjoy fresh peas. We always keep plenty of bags of frozen peas around the Sisson household (well, the freezer, anyway). Peas make a quick, easy snack for the kids after sports’ practice or a long day at school that is far more nutritious than processed snack bars but won’t have anyone groaning about eating their vegetables.

            Fresh peas are perfect right now, and they are an excellent way to get extra vitamins, fiber and protein into your meals.

            A nutritional snapshot:

            - One cup of peas contains a third of your daily requirement of fiber (though I personally recommend getting two or three times the 25-35 grams daily that the U. S. government recommends).

            - Peas are famous for containing generous amounts of B vitamins, but they’re also rich in vitamin C (a third of your DV) and vitamin K (half your DV).

            - Peas are rich in serotonin-boosting tryptophan.

            Toss fresh peas into:

            - Salads: peas work well with many fruits, avocados, and tomatoes.
            - Stir fries: replace rice with peas for a fiber-rich, veggie-intense variation.
            - Plain yogurt: add the peas, some chopped walnuts or almonds, and a little balsamic vinegar. (Top notch protein, fiber and fatty acids for quick energy and stress relief.)

            Also - Soup....

            Pea and Ham...mmm ("from a chicken??!!") *only the brits will get that one*
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            • #7
              excellent, thanks for your help ... was worried i'd have to ditch the peas and edemame

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              • #8
                edemame is soy, I definitely would ditch that unless you only eat it once or twice a month.

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                • #9
                  pea good. soy baaad.

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                  • #10
                    i stand corrected, i'd always assumed edemame were like snow peas

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                    • #11
                      gotcha thanks

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                      • #12
                        Thank you for this info! I thought since peas are legumes, they are a no no YAY!!!

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                        • #13
                          If a legume can be picked from the vine and eaten raw like sugar peas or string beans then they are great.

                          If you have to boil or process them to make them even edible like black eyed peas or kidney beans then they are not great.

                          Of course if my gandma made pork and beans with the homemade brown bread I am not going to say no haha!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sherpa View Post
                            excellent, thanks for your help ... was worried i'd have to ditch the peas and edemame
                            Ditch the edamame. Soy is toxic.
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