Calming the Fears | Alan Christianson

January 14, 2015 11:51 PM

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In the last installment of this blog, I showed that adding beans to your diet can improve your health in many ways, such as lowering the risk for cancers, improving blood sugar, helping your intestinal flora and slowing the aging process. Yet despite these clearly-documented benefits, many are concerned about beans. These concerns stem mostly from ideas set forth by the paleo community.

The paleo take on beans is that humans did not consume beans until our more recent history, say 8,000-10,000 years ago. The argument continues that this timeframe would not allow us to adapt to beans. They also claim that beans have phytotoxins that can damage our intestinal lining, trigger autoimmu...

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