What The Hell Is A Legume?

What The Hell Is A Legume?

You might be wondering: What the hell is a legume? That’s a very important question which we plan on answering in full below.

A legume is a simple dry fruit – in which – the edible fruit is often contained within a shell or “pod.”

The most well-known legumes are peas, beans, peanuts and alfalfa (we have a full list below)

Bean Legume

No, Not THAT Bean

Legume Index

Why Isn’t It Paleo?

Phytates
Phytates things that bind up minerals in food and prevent your body from utilizing them. This means they’re not digested while and can cause inflammation, bloating, indigestion and gas. Yuck.

Lectins
Lectins are carb-binding proteins that are relatively “sticky.” They’re difficult for our bodies to break down and thus cause indigestion and their binding leads them to bind with your intestinal lining.

They can also cause “leaky gut syndrome” which is when it breaks down the intestinal lining and allows other toxin s & anti-nutrients to “leak” into the bloodstream.

They’re commonly associated with IBS, Chrohn’s disease, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and more.

Bean Legumes

Okay, But Besides That..

Legumes don’t tend to have a great nutritional profile – they’re not bad, but they’re not great.

Similarly, they tend to have a high carbohydrate content for what they do provide. It’s not as bad as processed foods or grains, but if weight loss is your goal, you can definitely find better paleo foods available.

What’s Good about Legumes?

Well, they’re most famous for their protein content. That’ tend to be great sources for non-meat eaters. They also offer great sources of minerals and fiber. Because of their fiber content, they don’t’ spike insulin levels and inhibit fat loss like grains and other simple carbohydrates.

That said, they’re simply “okay” choices – not the best and while there’s a variance between nutritional in legumes, you can certainly get all these sources of nutrition from other, superior choices – so we recommend you do that.

Peanut Legumes

List of Legumes

  • Alfalfa
  • Asparagus Bean
  • Asparagus Pea
  • Baby Lima Bean
  • Black Bean
  • Black-eyed Peas
  • Black Turtle Bean
  • Boston Bean
  • Boston Navy Bean
  • Broad Bean
  • Cannellini Bean
  • Chickpeas
  • Chili Bean
  • Cranberry Bean
  • Dwarf Beans
  • Egyptian Bean
  • Egyptian White Broad Bean
  • English Bean
  • Fava Bean
  • Fava Coceira
  • Field Pea
  • French Green Beans
  • Frijol Bola Roja
  • Frijole Negro
  • Great Northern Bean
  • Green Beans
  • Green and Yellow Peas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Lespedeza
  • Licorice
  • Lima Bean
  • Madagascar Bean
  • Mexican Black Bean
  • Mexican Red Bean
  • Molasses Face Bean
  • Mung Bean
  • Mung Pea
  • Mungo Bean
  • Navy Bean
  • Pea Bean
  • Peanuts
  • Peruvian Bean
  • Pinto Bean
  • Red Bean
  • Red Clover
  • Red Eye Bean
  • Red Kidney Bean
  • Rice Bean
  • Runner Bean
  • Scarlet Runner Bean
  • Small Red Bea
  • Snow Peas
  • Southern Peas
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Soybean
  • Wax Bean
  • White Clover
  • White Kidney Bean
  • White Pea Bean

The Verdict

Are Legumes Paleo?

No.

Will they kill you? Probably not, and they’re certainly “better” for you than grains, but if you want to adhere to a strict paleo regimen, you’ll want to eliminate legumes from your diet.

Sources & References

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/legumes/NU00260
  2. http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/88/10/4857.abstract
  3. http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html
  4. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/lectins/
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legume

photo credit: Stuck in Customs | Chiot’s Run | ruurmo

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    • admin says

      Well they’re technically “legumes” – not “nuts.” The “nut” categorization is a misnomer since it’s botanically categorized as a “legume.”

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  1. […] Peanuts also contain lectins, which are carb-binding proteins that are relatively “sticky.” They’re difficult for our bodies to break down and thus cause indigestion and their binding leads them to bind with your intestinal lining. They can also cause “leaky gut syndrome” which is when it breaks down the intestinal lining and allows other toxins & anti-nutrients to “leak” into the bloodstream. They’re commonly associated with IBS, Chrohn’s disease, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and more. (Source) […]

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