He’s right. The notion we shouldn’t consume these foods, traditionally prepared, based on some notion that they were not part of ancient diets is, well, dumb (that’s me saying that). Two reasons:
- They are widely consumed by lots of primitive, H-G type folks.
- Who fucking cares anyway? The substantial nutrition and fermentable probiotic fiber make them an excellent staple foodstuff that people have been subsisting on healthfully for millennia, minimum.
- Who fucking cares anyway?
OK, three reasons. Quoting Stephan:
The canonical Paleolithic diet approach excludes legumes because they were supposedly not part of our ancestral dietary pattern. I’m going to argue here that there is good evidence of widespread legume consumption by hunter-gatherers and archaic humans, and that beans and lentils are therefore an “ancestral” food that falls within the Paleo diet rubric. Many species of edible legumes are common around the globe, including in Africa, and the high calorie and protein content of legume seeds would have made them prime targets for exploitation by ancestral humans after the development of cooking. Below, I’ve compiled a few examples of legume consumption by hunter-gatherers and extinct archaic humans. I didn’t have to look very hard to find these, and there are probably many other examples available. If you know of any, please share them in the comments.
Go check out his post, and while you’re at it, see the one on buckwheat crepes too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I soaked up a bag of pintos a couple of days ago, cooked them yesterday, and put them in the fridge in order to increase retrograde resistant starch formation and content. Going to go have some now, along with a couple of over-easy eggs.