Are Green Beans Paleo?
Since green beans are ‘pick and eat’ doesn’t that mean they’re ok to eat on the Paleo diet? And snap peas?
Unfortunately, simply being able to eat ‘as is’ doesn’t mean they’re a healthy option; all legumes contain anti nutrient properties which can prevent us from properly absorbing the nutrients we get from the other foods in our diet. In addition, they contribute to the intestinal permeability (leaky gut) that so many of us have dealt with.
Think of it this way- you could also pick and eat a poisonous mushroom and eat it ‘as is’, but that wouldn’t be a good reason to partake.
At the same time, I’d hardly have an issue with a client if they told me they’d eaten green beans as part of a meal, when they might have chosen a side of pasta or rice instead.
It’s all about balance, taking steps in the right direction, knowing the facts and making your own educated choices.
The next time you have a choice between green beans, rice pilaf or mashed potatoes with butter, the best choice would, indeed be the green beans. However, if kale, chard, spinach and broccoli are in contention, they’re the far better option!