Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lectins - Are Beans Really Toxic?

It is probably best to decide for yourself whether lectin rich foods should be avoided.

This site does an excellent job of summarizing the research and clinical data available.

Essentially, the following food groups could be harming your body:
  • grains, especially wheat and wheat germ but also quinoa, rice, buckwheat, oats, rye, barley, millet and corn.
  • legumes (all dried beans, including soy and peanuts),
  • dairy (perhaps more so when cows are feed grains instead of grass, a speculation based on research showing transference of lectins into breast milk and dairy.
  • nightshade (includes potato, tomato, eggplant and pepper).
What is left to eat!  Luckily animal sources containing lectins, including eggs, are not considered to have toxic effects at this time.

Experiment with removing the food groups above for 7-10 and see how you feel.  Listen to your body, it will guide you.

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