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Why I Will Never Do Whole30

Saturday, October 08, 2016

I love beans and peanuts. Beans and peanuts (all legumes, actually) are nutritious. Many beans are an excellent source of vegan protein.

The Whole30 plan states that:

"Legumes are often recommended as a healthy dietary choice, based on their fiber, vitamins and minerals, and “high” protein content. But legumes aren’t really a dense protein source (most contain two to three times as much carbohydrate as protein), and they’re nowhere near as dense (or complete) as the protein found in meat, seafood, or eggs. In addition, when compared to vegetables and fruit, legumes pale in comparison in both micronutrient density and fiber.

Some legumes also contain considerable amounts of phytates — anti-nutrients which bind to minerals in the legumes, rendering them unavailable to our bodies. (This means some of the minerals technically present in the legumes aren’t able to be accessed by our bodies — and means that legumes aren’t as micronutrient-dense as nutrition data might suggest.*)

*Ancient cultures figured out that rinsing, prolonged soaking, cooking, and fermenting legumes reduces the anti-nutrient content. If you choose to eat legumes, we highly recommend you also take these steps to mitigate some of the potential downsides.

In addition, because some of the short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) found in legumes aren’t properly digested and absorbed in the digestive tract, they can act as food for bacteria living in the intestines. These bacteria then “ferment” these carbohydrates, which can create unpleasant symptoms like gas and bloating, and potentially contribute to gut dysbiosis – an inherently inflammatory condition."

Allow me to translate this for you. "Legumes have protein but it isn't as GOOD a protein as MEAT. Also they make you fart. Oh and they may prevent you from absorbing certain minerals (like almost every other edible plant known to man)."

That's their logic for excluding legumes. And when asked about the science behind it, here was the response:

"There isn’t enough really convincing scientific literature for us to say, “All legumes prepared in all ways are unhealthy!” We like to err on the side of caution, however, and there is enough evidence specifically for us to recommend against peanuts, and (in our opinion) soy. As for the other legumes, this is where the self-experimentation piece comes in. As for the “wet noodle,” some people (not you) have criticized us for not really making a good case against some of these non-Paleo foods… but we’re not big fans of overstating the science just to make our recommendations, or articles, or program sound sexier. People have to figure some of these things out for themselves."


Now, don't take this as me saying Whole30 is garbage. It isn't, and it works for a lot of people, but it's not for me.

PS - I'm still here. Still working out. Still mostly tracking food. Just dealing with some stress right now. Love you all.
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  • ADF1981
    I did the whole30 twice. I think it did help me because it made me really focus on cleaning up my diet and forced me to eat different foods. It's not a miracle or anything though. In fact, I mentioned in at least one of my blogs during that time that I wanted a can of sweet peas so bad LOL. It's not for me long term though, because I enjoy beans, peas, and peanuts. I also don't agree with excluding foods unless there is an allergy/intolerance and I think that legumes are a great source of carbs/protein/fiber. Great blog!
    881 days ago
    Hey, great to see you are still here, still doing your thing. Hope the stress resolves well. I am not interested in the Whole 30 either, though I can see it works for some people. I aim for MORE legumes - can't beat the fibre in lentils and beans!
    886 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/15/2016 8:02:36 AM
  • LUCKEE40
    I have had a bunch of people ask me if I have tried this, as apparently it can help people with MS. I gave it a browse when I was at Costco one day and put it right back. Personally, I am not a big fan of any 'fad diets', that have you take away a food group all together. I believe in balance and everything in moderation.
    891 days ago
    I don't agree with all of the science of Whole 30, but I've had success with the program with my digestive issues. I think that there are compelling arguments against soy (as a legume) though the science may not be there 100% either. I'm not much of a bean eater so it's not really been something that has come up for me except for soy being in EVERYTHING. And peanuts. I think it's a good set of rules for stepping away from processed foods, sugar, alcohol, etc for awhile. I have found that food tastes better now that I'm not eating processed foods and tons of sugar all of the time, but it's still possible to not eat healthily on Whole 30.

    So much of food science has been focused on how to grow good tasting, plentiful crops or how to make good tasting, long lasting, cheap foods, that I think we don't really know much about food and its effects on us at all. Hence all of the competing theories. And there doesn't seem to be a one size fits all solution-unfortunately. So much easier if someone could just tell me what and how much to eat. emoticon
    891 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    891 days ago
    We should all surround ourselves with peanut butter, not negativity!!! I love my legumes too much to ever do Whole 30. And cheese, too.
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    I hope you are able to de-stress soon.

    891 days ago
    I agree! Beans help me keep my blood sugars in check, and Coffee- well take away my coffee and you don't want to know what will happen LOL

    I nice balanced diet is the way to go- All foods are allowed, just in moderation!
    892 days ago
    Love the way you put it lol, I've been intrigued with others' results and progress made with the Whole30, but I don't think I could ever do it myself... nor do I really want to... and beans, well I like to have them at least on occasion if not more often.
    892 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I could never do Whole 30 either. I like legumes and also like coffee.
    893 days ago

    (sorry, it had to be done :)
    893 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2016 5:59:17 PM
    Love ya too. Agreed! Long life PB!!!!
    893 days ago
    I love pink beans, soaked the night before, and slow cooked on the stove top with a chopped up onion and bay leaves, and about 4 cloves of garlic, simmered until it makes it's own gravy and served over brown rice - oh SO yummy!! Another reason not to do Whole 30: you have to give up coffee. NEVER. GOING. TO. HAPPEN.
    893 days ago
    Yup, totally emoticon I love to eat them too! I feel better eating legumes and pulses anyway. I also don't get into the "antinutrient" claim as a reason to shun legumes. There are abundant studies showing how legumes benefits health.
    893 days ago
  • ZORO22
    ...a lot of cans of coconut milk growing on the rocks by the shore!!! But that said, if it helps some people then awesome. To each their own...I love my beans too, especially this time of year, been dreaming about split pea soup, lentil stew, etc!
    893 days ago
  • ZORO22
    ... about the way we live now that it's almost a moot point. And it drives me nuts, (pardon the pun) that they include things like canned coconut milk...I live in Western Washington...if I was forced to live off the land, I don't think I'd be finding
    893 days ago
  • ZORO22
    I have been trying to read up on the whole issue of phytates and lectins in food and it's all a bit confusing to say the least. I like the concept of Paleo, in terms of a natural instinctive eating pattern, but there's so many things aren't natural
    893 days ago
    From my 60 yrs of life experience, almost EVERYBODY thinks their way of eating is the best and it is.....for them emoticon I am a live and let live person. Eat what ya want, believe what ya want. I've done a lot of research and also worked with a Dr. I trust and a dietitian. I know what works for me and my lab results don't lie. Eat your beans and peanuts and enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    893 days ago
    Interesting read
    893 days ago
    Rt on.
    893 days ago
  • KMW987
    I'm against the whole-30 too! But whatever works for people - just don't try to push it on me!

    I say go and eat your legumes! emoticon
    893 days ago
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