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2. The Lectins: Properties, Functions, and Applications in Biology and Medicine
🍽️ Gluten vs Lectins - What’s Really Making You Fat, Diseased & Old
These days, most people are aware of gluten and that it can be bad for your health. Of course, not everyone is “gluten intolerant”, but many people are.
What’s interesting is that lots of people who go on a “gluten free” diet, do see and feel an improvement in their health - but it’s minor.
And the reason for this is that gluten is a mild form of a Lectin. And thus, the REAL problem are Lectins and that’s what today’s topic is going to be about.
So getting rid of gluten from your diet for better health is a nice start, but your REAL goal should be to reduce or eliminate lectins from your diet.
And just like gluten, not everyone has “lectin intolerance”, however… many people do. And if you have any form of digestive problems, inflammation, autoimmune disease or you’re trying to lose weight, then make sure you watch today’s video because I’ll quickly discuss
My Personal History With Lectins
Now, I’ve known about Lectins for over 25+ years.
And the reason I’ve been so knowledgeable about it mainly through indirect reasons -- primarily because of my involvement with professional and Olympic athletes.
Over the decades, I discovered that when people ate certain Lectin rich foods - they looked and felt worse. Slowly they lost muscle, gained fat, felt tired, had more aches and pains and even their brain and cognition suffered as well.
Except, 25+ years ago, I and most experts, didn’t know the specific reason was due to Lectins back then.
What Are Lectins
A lectin is a type of protein (susceptible to various diseases, bacteria, and viruses) that forces carbs (sugars, starches, and fibers) to clump together and attach to certain cells in your body when you eat them.
They’re found in lots of different foods, seeds, grains and the skin of certain vegetables and fruits.
It’s actually a “defense” mechanism of the plant or vegetable. If you eat it, you’ll get sick and you won’t eat that food again.
Also, not all lectins are toxic. And not all people are lectin “intolerant” as I stated already.
Why Lectins Are Bad For You
On the surface, lectins can cause pain and physical discomfort such as
Lectins are also called “sticky proteins” because they like to gab on to sialic acid - a type of sugar found in your brain, gut and nervous system.
Lectins, which are also sometimes called “sticky proteins”, get in the way of communication between cells. When that happens, the body’s response is usually inflammation or some other type of reaction to toxicity, like nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. (1)
Additionally, lectins can cause you to gain weight. This is the frustrating part for most people because the foods we think are “healthy” for us, also happen to be high in lectins and if you are intolerant, then you’ll have all of the side-effects, INCLUDING WEIGHT GAIN!
Foods High In Lectins
So here are some of the typical foods that are high in lectins 3-5:
Grains -- wheat, quinoa, wheat germ, rice, oats
Nightshades -- tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, goji berries, peppers (unless you peel the skins and deseed them)
Beans -- lima, red kidney, split peas, lentils (unless you pressure cook them)
Foods With No Lectins
Of course, there are lots of foods you eat, such as
● Pasture-raised, grass fed meats and eggs
● Wild-caught, low mercury seafood (Salmon, anchovies, haddock, sardines and trout)
● Fermented veggies, like kimchi and sauerkraut
● Fruits (especially berries)
● Dark, leafy vegetables (celery, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce)
● Pressure-cooked legumes
● Good fats (olive oil, avocados, coconut, flaxseed, macadamia)
You goal should be to try and avoid the Lectin foods and eat the non-lectin foods, “most” of the time. I’m not here to tell you to NEVER eat this or that you “always” have to eat that food.
What’s REALLY Important To Understand
Now, there’s one thing to all of this and that comes down to your genetics and hormones.
However, the foods you eat or don’t eat, can turn on or off the thousands of genetic “triggers” you have in your body.
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