Lectins are a type of protein found in all forms of life, including plants, animals, and bacteria. They are found in a variety of plant-based foods, including grains, legumes, and some fruits and vegetables.
Lectins can cause an immune response, which can lead to inflammation and other health problems. They can also bind to carbohydrates in the digestive tract, which can interfere with the absorption of nutrients.
Some people are more sensitive to the effects of lectins than others. Symptoms of lectin sensitivity can include digestive issues, headaches, joint pain, and skin rashes. If you think you might be sensitive to lectins, managing your intake can help improve your symptoms.
There are a few different ways to manage lectins in your diet. One is to avoid foods that contain high levels of lectins, such as grains, beans, legumes, and some vegetables.
Another is to cook these foods in a way that reduces their lectin content, such as boiling or soaking them. Finally, you can take supplements that bind to lectins and prevent them from causing problems.
Books discussing Lectins
The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy
The 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Live Lectin-Free (The Plant Paradox, 3)Jan 08, 2019 | 288 PagesDr. Steven Gundry's bestselling book, The Plant Paradox: Discover the Hidden Connection Between Cancer and Plants, explains why lectins are harmful. A fast and easy diet program that provides tools to reap the benefits of lectin-free eating in just 30 days from renowned author Dr. Steven Gundry. Lectins are a type of protein found in many...Learn more about The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy
The Plant Paradox
The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain (The Plant Paradox, 1)Apr 25, 2017 | 416 PagesAccording to Dr. Steven Gundry's book The Plant Paradox, gluten is only one type of a common and highly harmful plant-based protein called lectin. The hardy lectins in grains, such as wheat, may be found not just in grain-based foods but also in the "gluten-free" meals that most of us consider being nutritious, including many fruits,...Learn more about The Plant Paradox
Experts discussing Lectins
Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D.World-renowned cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author whose unique vision of human nutrition helps people improve their health and longevity.Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned cardiologist, New York Times best-selling author, and medical researcher who has published more than 80 papers during his career as a research scientist. In his 40-year-long career in medicine, Dr. Gundry has performed over 10,000 heart surgeries and developed life-saving medical...Learn more about Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D.