See you in Hotlanta!
That means what you think it means!
My proposal for AHS13 in Atlanta has been accepted for a 20 minute presentation. I will be speaking on Legumes in Human Nutrition.
Since it is just the shorter talk, the plan will be to keep it to a discussion of a few traditional cultures and their use of legumes as staples or significant dietary components. Given more time I would have included some unique nutritional aspects of legumes vs. other starch sources as well as different legumes, preparation and such. However, since legumes are on pretty much everyone's "avoid - to - skull&crossbones toxin" list in this community, I will address this aspect in the context of the ancestral consumption of legumes. Said discussion will necessarily include at least a brief summary of the metabolic uniqueness of legumes.
I actually came up with the idea last summer during AHS12 when I was researching some diets of traditional (neolithic!) cultures. Regular readers are familiar with what the sprightly Pima really ate, and there is quite a bit of peer-review literature out there demonstrating health improvements in modern day Pima returning to this traditional diet. I have quite a bit more and continue to collect information on Australian Aborigines and others. Anyone with information you think might be helpful can link here in comments and/or email me at carbsane at gmail dot com.
Any Atlanta area folks here? This is still just a thought at this point, but I really would like to organize a get together of sorts -- be it picking a restaurant to meet at or something more formal like a kickass pancake breakfast or ice cream bash. I want to do something to mix and mingle with as many reading this as might want to meet in person. Ideas, offers to help organize, or just expressions of interest in participating are welcome. I'll be posting about this as we get closer to the event and know when I'll be presenting and all that jazz.