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Is Quinoa Paleo?

Here's the deal with quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah"), since so many people seem to think it's totally different than a grain. If it looks like a grain and acts like a grain (not to mention tastes like a grain), it's a grain. And quinoa contains some anti-nutrients that other grains contain, such as phytic acid, lectins, and saponins. Read those links for more info on all of those anti-nutrients, but basically phytic acid binds to minerals in your gut and carries … Continue reading

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Why No Grains & Legumes (and Nuts?): Phytic Acid

In my recent post, "Why No Grains and Legumes? Part 1: Lectins", I gave you one good reason to stop your greedy little hands from dipping into the proverbial cookie jar: lectins.  Those sticky little proteins that help cause leaky gut, and therefore an immune response to foods, are one of the main culprits driving the Paleo movement.  There's more to the story, though, and today we're going to cover phytic acid, which is also found in grains and legumes. … Continue reading

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