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    I'm getting the impression the legumes exclusion (as part of the primal diet) is relatively new as, when researching MDA and this forum, older posts often recommend beans as a super food. In today's Mercola newsletter he takes on grains and legumes, advising against them. Yet on the Huffington Post the other day their health section (where Mercola is a contributor) mentioned beans were essential to a good diet.

    So, is it correct to assume that legumes are just now getting the bad press they deserve, though not yet in the mainstream media outlets?

  • #2
    Would it be safe to say my assumption is incorrect, and that beans are okay (in a paleo diet)?


    • #3
      Paleo diets in general usually exclude legumes since they contain similiar antinutrients as grains. They also are high in carbs. However, soaked and fermented beans fair a lot better if you pretty active and can handle the carbs.

      Mark recommends excluding legumes.
      Beans and Legumes | Mark's Daily Apple
      The Lowdown On Lectins | Mark's Daily Apple
      Primal since March 2011

      Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs


      • #4
        Legumes are practically a necessity for a vegan/vegetarian diet, and anyone on a low fat diet as well. For a paleo/primal-hflc eater, they are generally superfluous and counteract a lot of the benefits of going p/p-hflc in the first place. That's before you get into the anti-nutrients/inflammatory aspects of any particular legume.