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I’ve Really Bean Wondering

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I’d apologize for the pun… but I like puns.

Legumes – beans, peas, lentils, and their ilk – are a huge controversy in today’s food world. Paleo diet proponents claim that legumes contain lectins which increase inflammation levels in your body, causing you all kinds of health problems and grief. At the same time, claims are made that legumes contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that fight inflammation and help improve your health in all kinds of ways. There are other nutritional issues, pro and con, associated with legumes. Colon-cancer-fighting properties. Protease inhibitors. Fibre. saponins. Legumes are either the life-giving health-preserving planet-saving food of the future, or the impending ruin of all humankind.

I admit to being tired of one-sided thinking when it comes to food. This article by J.D. Moyer takes a balanced approach to the question, and pleases me with its detailed information and lack of hysteria. He even asks the question, “Can it be that not all lectins are bad?” based on the colon-cancer fighting properties of broad beans.

And that’s the thing. I’m lately hovering around the idea that foods from nature – rather than foods from the factory – probably all have some good in them and some bad in them. Otherwise, why are there so many contradictions about what’s “good for you” and what’s “bad for you”?

Clearly, more research is necessary…

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