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"The Paleo Diet claims that beans and lentils should be excluded from the diet because they contain antinutrients." Yes, and because they are very high in fiber.
"Phytic acid (reduces some micronutrient absorption) is just as high in nuts as they are in legumes, and yet nuts are not excluded from Paleo. " Paleo treats nuts as an acceptable snack, not as a primary food group.
"Tannins are just as high in wine, and oxalates are just as high in spinach, but these are not excluded from Paleo." Primal accepts a glass of wine or tea, Paleo does not. Mark is more giving. Spinach has a lot of redeeming qualities.
"When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase
Legume exclusion is probably one of the weaker paleo arguments. If you tolerate them fine they're a good food source. They're consistently correlated with good health and have possibly the highest antioxidant content of any food. Also a good source of magnesium.
I'm not a huge fan of them myself besides in soups/stews.
Legumes give me gas. If I want to add bulk to my nacho chilli-mix, I'll dice some carrots and mushrooms, maybe broccoli, but beans not so much.
Peanut butter... I like peanut butter. Goes good with most things - bananas, apples, spoons, etc. Hard to beat. Can't say I like it better than almond butte, in fact I like them about equally. Just depends how I feel at the time.
Dark chocolate and coffee, running through my veins...
I miss falafal and hummous occasionally but can live without legumes...and the gas they cause. And as has already been said, I'm healthier than I've ever been, without them in my diet.
I just figure that anything that has to be soaked and then boiled to within an inch of its life for hours to be digested by humans, probably wasn't intended to be digested by humans. I guess it's the same argument against grains which also have to be fairly heavily processed to be digestible.