1. I'm not, but I play one on TV.
Originally Posted by ajm422
2. I agree with your whole rant. Paleo elitists are as bad as Vegan purists sometimes. It's sad, because that kind of attitude just pushes people out of the community. That said, I find that the paleo elitists seem to be disappearing. Potatoes especially are finding their way back into our hearts.
Mark points out there are more nutrient dense options than beans.. maybe in vitamins but beans are typically high in minerals. Beans are also going to have fiber.. whole food carb sources will generally have fiber which is how your body will handle blood sugar from the carb/sugar (as I understand it). Some people might get irritated by lectins .. but that is kind of a grey area to me. For me I consider beans a good addition to a healthy diet. But I wouldn't consider it health food for someone who is eating crap all the time and thinks all the sudden they are healthy because their taco has beans in it.
I don't have a particular issue with peanuts, but with beans, I would say have them rarely, like on your cheat meals. If you just can't live without them, then try preparing them by sprouting, or just use them as a side, not the main dish.