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Eating raw beans?
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: September 13, 2010 07:04PM

I have been using raw green beans & other varieties in juices & smoothies. I was recently perusing a website that says not to use them raw, especially Lima beans.

"Raw beans are poisonous because they contain prussic (hydrocyanic) acid, which is rendered not dangerous only by cooking. It was only in 1957 that prussic acid protein was discovered in green beans.

A few hours after eating raw beans or bean seeds, some individuals become sick from low blood pressure, vomiting, stomach ache, circulation problems,

convulsions, or heart palpitations. These poison symptoms are possible with all beans. When eaten raw, lima beans produce the poison cyanide."

Guess I should have done the research first; I have been using beans raw for a long time & I never have experienced any of the poison symptoms...

Your thoughts?

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: September 13, 2010 07:07PM

Some poisons are accumulative... I wouldn't eat raw beans myself. Do you like the way they taste or something? Was it just a plant based source of protein? I was never attracted to them flavour-wise myself.

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: September 13, 2010 07:29PM

Not a matter of taste/flavour, but rather another source of nutrients. I try to use every green/vegetable/fruit that is available to me for the wide variety of nutrients that each plant supplies.

It may be an accumulative poison, I haven't done enough reading on the subject yet...

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: THeSt0rm ()
Date: September 13, 2010 08:51PM

when u say raw do u mean sprouted, or just raw after being soaked?

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: September 14, 2010 12:12PM

...raw after being soaked...

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: September 14, 2010 03:51PM

I once researched soya beans (a noxious plant) from academic sources, and found the poison was neutralised by either cooking or soaking.

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: flipperjan ()
Date: September 14, 2010 05:29PM

juicerkatz - do you have to have such a lot of writing and a big picture on the end of every post? smiling smiley

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: September 14, 2010 05:32PM

flipperjan Wrote:
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> juicerkatz - do you have to have such a lot of
> writing and a big picture on the end of every
> post? smiling smiley


lol, I guess not. That is my sig. I guess I will remove it as per your request... grinning smiley

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: Tamukha ()
Date: September 14, 2010 06:08PM

jk,

Maybe you are building up a tolerance for the toxins concidentally, like a super spy of the old days? Green bean smoothie, please, shaken, not stirred smiling smiley

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: September 14, 2010 06:21PM

Geo, neutralized by soaking? For how long I wonder...

You can choose to add your signature or not, it's the box with the green check mark right over the post window you type in. Here, I won't add mine this time.

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: The Fruit Faery ()
Date: September 14, 2010 06:58PM

Hi juicerkatz

I juiced some runner beans once with some other veggies. I had terrible stomach pains within about 10 mins. It made me quite sick. I posted a thread about it on this site a couple of years ago.
I eat the raw french beans that I grow myself in salads.

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: September 14, 2010 07:19PM

Tam -

Ha ha - yes, that's probably it. Whatever doesn't kill me can only make me stronger! grinning smiley

Coco -

there are a few wild edibles that are neutralized by soaking in several changes of water. I never bother with it, too much hassle. I would rather just avoid them.

Fruit Faery -

That sounds pretty horrible! BTW, did you know that activated carbon (powder) is what folks normally use to flush toxins like that? I have AC on hand, it is part of my emergency preparedness items...

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Re: Eating raw beans?
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: September 15, 2010 07:35AM

Hey Coco
I don't remember for how long to soak, but it involved changing the water a couple of times.

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