Welcome to Day 7 of your 30 day Paleo Challenge. Today January 18th you will record your points from 1/17/15.
I have been sharing my pea protein and had two people ask me about Peas and if they are Paleo because they are a legume...some say yes the are Paleo and some say NO. Here are my thoughts:
Peas are a member of the legume family, which also includes peanuts and lentils. Legumes contain components called lectins, saponins, and phytates. Lectins and saponins are the in house defense system of a plant so it isn’t eaten by birds or other predators. When humans eat them in large quantities, they slowly cause damage to the intestinal lining. The damage is caused by the death of individual cells and leads to holes in the intestinal lining, called leaky gut. Having a gut with holes, allows too large of particles of food to enter into your blood stream. This can lead to food sensitivities and also digestive discomfort. Phytates is an considered an anti nutrient. Yay!
Eating large quantities of peas would set someone up for the ill effects described above caused by eating grains and legumes. However, the rule that helps me determine if a food is Paleo or not is whether it can be eaten raw or does it need to be cooked. Peanuts and lentils need to be cooked in order to be edible. Peas (including snow, snap, English and the like) can certainly be eaten raw. So you make the call :)