"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.
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.
Shouldn't the question be "why should I eat them?"
I don't see why I need them. I don't eat legumes, I'm healthy. Healthier than I've been in years.
"It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan
Legumes bloat me and give me inflammation even more so than grains.
Dear everyone who "misses chilli,"
Real chilli does not have beans in it. So you don't have to miss chilli. You might miss the bs you used to call chilli, but ACTUAL chilli is still on the table.
No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
Babes with BBQ