"The evidence for wild legume consumption by humans is as strong as it is for any plant food consumed during the Paleolithic." -- Stephan Guyenet
I think J. Stanton from gnolls.org has not been a big fan of legumes because some contain a non-proteinogenic amino-acid called canavanine. If you read about it, it does not sound very good ...
but which legumes contain it, which ones don't, I can't say and this won't stop me from eating beans once in a while
Help me out here, guys. So if you soak your beans does it make them easier to digest? I generally avoid them, due to bloating/gas, but if they are in a particular dish that I MUST have I eat em. They taste fine to me, just swell my belly up, so I don't eat them very often. I would assume the the more they have been cooked (soaked, cooked, refried, etc) they would be easier to digest?
Nice info here (and useful links FROM this page)
How To Cook Beans in a Pressure Cooker Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn | The Kitchn
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I think the problem with legumes is that a) many people do not properly soak them, including factories that put cooked beans in cans. And b) many people believe they are an adequate protein source, which they are not. Other than that, they're an okay food to eat, not particularly high in nutrition, and somewhat high in calories, at least the way they are often eaten.
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I love beans, but if it's been a while since I have eaten them they will definitely make me flatulate no matter how they are prepared. If I'm eating beans on a daily basis for a while then it will go away. It seems to be one of those foods that has special gut flora requirements. Then again I have a very forgiving digestive tract. I can eat all the grains, dairy, and beans I want without issue.
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