What are lectins? They are proteins that attach easily to carbohydrates and other cells. Senior GreenMedinfo researcher Ali Le Vere warns: “Lectins can cause the spaces between the cells lining our intestines to become excessively leaky and allow the entry of foreign immune-provoking agents.”
Surprisingly, research supports that gluten might not be the digestive system’s nemesis. Instead, lectins are proving to be the culprit. Additionally, there is evidence to show that weight gain is tied to lectin consumption.
Further, the lectins in foods can stimulate an autoimmune response, meaning the immune system attacks itself. Three of the common automimmune diseases that result are Type 1 Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Some Lectin-free Foods
- grass-fed meat
- wild fish
- lectin-free vegetables
- pastured eggs or Omega-3 eggs
- certain in-season fruits
Foods to Avoid
- processed foods
- beans (unless pressure-cooked)
- legumes (unless pressure-cooked)
- some nuts
- some fruits
- some vegetables