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My body seems to be yanking me in the direction of Paleo eating... seems I'd be quite cozy in a cave (so long as there's a nice rug and a roaring fire). And it just now occurred to me to question beans (and legumes). I never eat many, but always think I ought to. Other than being cheap filler food, and having some minerals, what's so great about beans? Why would I <i>want</i> to eat them? Why are they highly-touted? What would I be missing out on if I removed them from my diet, in favor of eating like a cavewoman?<br><br>
What else would I need to eat, to replace their beany goodness? Are they a unique source of any nutrient?<br><br>
I really like green beans... so hopefully my body won't revolt against those if I only have them occasionally.
 

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I don't know what's SO great about them, but I love them and eat them often. I eat TF style, but veg so it's important for me for the protein. My kids and DH don't really liek beans but they are not veg so I just make myself special food.
 

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I was under the impression that oz for oz, beans had more minerals than any other common food. No source though so let me do some research.<br><br>
Interesting read: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean</a> but no nutritional info.<br><br>
Here's some more concrete nutritional info but no comparison of any sort:<br><a href="http://www2.state.id.us/bean/nutrition/value.htm" target="_blank">http://www2.state.id.us/bean/nutrition/value.htm</a><br><br>
I love the Idaho Bean Commission!<br><br>
However, if beans don't sit well with you, or you have other reasons not to eat them, by all means! I think for me personally, grain free is ok but both grain and bean free is much harder. Paleo seems impossible because there's no dairy either. Can I just come visit your cave? I'll bring a rug!
 

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Beans are chock full of vitamins and minerals, but nothing that you can't get from another source. You can look that up <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php" target="_blank">here</a>. The main reason they are so prevalent is as a cheap source of protein. If you don't do well with them, not eating them isn't a big deal. We only eat them a handful of times a year... not because we're actively avoiding them, but because we just don't really care one way or the other about them.
 

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It was my understanding that they have lots of nutrients, but they are not so easily absorbable. I think I do well with limited beans. I love some hummus or black bean dip and they make a good supplement to meat- but not enough by themselves.
 

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I think I'll not eat any beans for a few weeks (shouldn't be hard), and then try a few different ones. I haven't noticed any ill effects, but that doesn't mean much. I have kicked and screamed against the idea of going fully Paleo for a long time. It felt right, but I didn't wanna do it. I want to feel better, though, and thanks to my food intolerances I'm more than halfway there already.<br><br>
If anyone wants to visit my cave, bring a rug and a stick to cook your meat on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I like the idea of paleo, especially grain free, I think that works for me, but I love potatoes and feel good about eating them. Beans, only so in moderation. I also feel good about eating raw, but not everything. I would like to do some juicing- oh if money was unlimited!
 

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Isn't that the truth!
 
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