Carb Content of many Garbanzo Beans and Legumes

Vegetarians claim beans and legumes as a “protein source” and in comparison to bread and vegetables, this is true.  One cup of black beans, for example, has approximately 230 calories, with around 170 of those being from carbs.  Only around 53 of the calories in this “protein source” are actually from protein.

While there isn’t anything wrong with including safe starches in the diet, eating beans as a staple source of calories will quickly deliver many more carbohydrates than your body needs.  In the long term, this can contribute to weight gain and metabolic problems like insulin resistance.

Garbanzo beans also don’t have much to make up for this; they can’t match the micronutrient content of animal foods, so there isn’t any compelling reason why we should eat them.

If chickpeas or kidney beans were extremely high in some vital and rare nutrient, they might be worth eating once in a while as a kind of supplement food, but the reality is that they don’t have anything you can’t get in a more potent and healthier way from animals or vegetables.  Vegetarians love them for the protein, but on a Paleo diet, you have plenty of better protein options; you don’t need to rely on rice and beans.

And now we have the added benefit of Patty Up® Mix.  Not only can you make quality grass fed ground meat options more affordable by extending the meat, but it also lowers the saturated fats and improves the flavor, moisture and nutritional value of ground meats.

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