What Are Lectins and Where Can You Find Them
Lectins are natural, carbohydrate-biding proteins found in most plants, but they don’t really have any nutritional value when consumed in foods. Lectins work from inside the plant form as a natural insecticide to repel and destroy insects.
Basically, lectins are considered the plants self defense mechanism.
When you consider 30 percent of our foods contain lectin, you will understand why so many nutrition experts are interested in their effect on our digestive systems.
Nutritionists are now studying whether the process of digesting some lectins toxic to the digestive system and for certain people suffering from certain illnesses.
What becomes of those peanuts and potatoes once they hit out bellies?
The thinking behind the nutritional science of digesting lectins is if they’re a natural insecticide, what are they doing for human consumption? Even after the plant is long gone and has produced its fruit, do we still need to be worried?
The answer is, yes!
Let’s look at some foods containing high amounts of lectins:
Do any of these make your daily diet?
Foods containing wheat and other grains, beans, legumes, peanuts and nightshade varieties like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and potatoes are being studied as the most problematic of the lectin foods. These types also contain glyca-binding protein that bind carbs to your body.
Therefore, you can look for higher sugars which can make your pancreas work overtime and increase your chance for Diabetes and other organ related illnesses.