There’s always that one odd group of foods where everyone is unsure as to what category it falls under. This is extremely important information since the Paleo diet is very strict about the foods in which you contain to ensure that your body thrives the way the human should. Some of the foods that have been in question are green beans, and snow peas. What are they? Are they beans which means they’re legumes which means they aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet? Worry no more. All the answers to your questions are right here for you.
Yes, green beans and snow peas are legumes and yes, they are including within the Paleo guidelines. How can this be, you ask? After all, the Paleo diet consistently talks about it not containing any legumes. Well, let’s clear up the confusion there. When Paleo guidelines state that you don’t eat legumes, it’s simply due to the fact that legumes contain certain anti-nutrients in them, such as lectins and phytic acid. Both things are not good to your health, obviously. There’s nothing appealing about “anti-nutrients”. Lectins essentially form as a glob in your gut lining, and then phytic acids attach to minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron and removes them. Ultimately leaving your body without those nutrients.
It’s the same thing as certain nuts and seeds. Some are allowed, and others aren’t on the Paleo Diet. It’s simply because some do have negative effects on your health, while others don’t. It’s as simple as that. That’s also not to mention that you’re probably not going to have 1/3 of your meal consisting of seeds.
So when it comes down to green beans and snow peas, you guessed it. The do still have the anti-nutrients like other legumes do, but you’re probably not going to eat 1/3 of your meal just with snow peas and beans. These are the exception to the legume policy and as long as you eat them in moderation, you should be okay. Green beans and snow peas are also okay because the theory says that the greener the plant, the less anti-nutrients it has… And green beans and snow peas are pretty green. Ultimately, they have less anti-nutrients than the other legumes, a mere trace to be precise, and you wouldn’t be eating them, quantity wise, the way you would kidney or black beans.
In a nut shell, without the nut, of course, since you’re on the Paleo diet… Yes, you can eat green beans and snow peas. They have only mere traces of the anti-nutrients in comparison to the other legumes and you wouldn’t make them a staple part of every meal. So eat up, butter cup! If you’re concerned about your cravings for legumes, although extremely unlikely, this little side trick should satisfy all your needs while keeping your healthy to the caveman standards.