As far as research goes, lectin causes a lot of negative reactions, not only in the digestive system, but also in other places of the body.
Despite these reactions not being of a severe nature, lectin has built up that bad reputation for itself as an evil protein. Or at least that is what comes to mind when I hear the word. However, it turns out that lectin is not evil, it is just misunderstood.
The fact of the matter is that lectin is a type of protein that is not easy for digestive enzymes to breakdown and that’s why when lectin enters the stomach, it strikes up red alerts all around our digestive system. Organs start going ballistic trying to get rid of the lovely protein which causes negative reactions that vary according to the amount of lectin ingested such as; flatulence, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
“So, stop lectin,” some would say.
Well, it is not that easy, Mike. See, lectin is quite important if you want to maintain a healthy immunity system, a solid intercellular structure and regular cell renewal.
Can’t live with ‘em, eh.
Fully cutting out lectin from your diet may not be completely doable, yet minimizing its intake by knowing some food facts definitely is a good idea if you are looking for a healthier lifestyle.
Maximum Benefits With Minimal Damage
This a list of some popular foods that have a high nutritional value and a low lectin content.
Besides being extremely yummy and not fully blue, that highly versatile food compensates for not being high in lectin by providing antioxidants and other nutrients and vitamins that maintains the body’s healing and protection processes. Same goes for Lemon and Kale, as well.
Chicken and Bacon
Since they are high in protein, the digestible kind, eating them helps in building muscle tissue and repairing damaged tissue which makes them a good alternative to other foods high in lectin because they do not leave the body in a need for any nutrient.
The Dark Side
The dark side basically contains some common foods that have a relatively high lectin content. The name is meant to signify that these foods have negative effects on the body not the fact that most of them are actually dark in color.
The healthier cousin of white rice is often regarded as a better alternative which is true if you are aiming to lose weight or maintain blood sugar levels. But, when the two are stripped down to raw nutritional value, you would be able to notice that while brown rice contains a number of vitamins, it also contains a higher amount anti-nutrients.
Beans and Peanuts
Two members of the legumes family which is known for its capability of causing all kinds of digestive problems, they are quite high in lectin content.
In a Nutshell
Lectin has both negative and positive effects. The key to balancing them out is to gather as much information as possible and to choose the right combination of lectin rich foods to incorporate into your diet. Resources like Lectin Foods Base can help you learn which lectin foods to eat and which not to eat. The more you know, the more informed the decision you will make when cutting out or incorporating lectin in your diet.