Steven Gundry, author of The Plant Paradox, and a former heart surgeon has brought attention to Lectins and the harmful side to their consumption.
What are Lectins?
Lectins are a natural protein which forms and are found in certain vegetables, beans, whole grains and other foods. Dr.Gundry spoke about the harmful effects in his book which may damage the body. A few of the effects may be inflammation, damage to the digestive system and other illnesses, not to mention weight gain. His book has turned many away from Lectins but what do we know about them? Are completely cutting off Lectins the best approach?
Lectins have been a topic of debate due to them acting as what many refer to as antinutrients which stop the body from properly absorbing and consuming any nutrients it receives. Christine Palumbo, spoke about how Lectins act as an inflammatory toxic on the body, doing more harm than good. She also said: “One of the claims is that they incite ‘biological warfare’ in the body to cause weight gain, digestive problems, acne, arthritis, and brain fog,”
Lectins are found in many foods, like Red beans, but are removed upon cooking as opposed to eating them raw.
So should we completely cut off Lectins and try a Lectin-free diet? Palumbo says that it can't hurt but the benefits are hardly there. “These fearmongers who want to sell books, they’re charlatans,” she says. “They’re looking for that little something that they can inflate into a dramatic claim. It’s taking a little bit of correct information, but it’s not the whole story.”
By following a Lectin-free diet, we cut off key nutrients we'd usually receive from vegetables, whole grains and more foods which are normally forbidden from any Lectin-free diet.