Dietary Lectins: What Are They and Should You Be Concerned?


woman-bowl-green-beansEven foods that are good for your health may have some properties that make them less than ideal.

And some things that you eat are just plain bad for you.

Lectins are often cited as a property in foods that you should avoid. However, it’s hard to completely stay away from something that’s found in much of the food that you eat.

Lectins are proteins, and they exist in significant amounts in about 30 percent of foods.

They are especially concentrated in grains and legumes.

If you often eat a lot of lectin-containing food and you’re lacking in the enzymes to digest lectins, these proteins may enter the bloodstream.

They may cause nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems. They can also damage the walls of the intestines (1).

Some believe that lectins are partially responsible for creating a “leaky gut” that leads to autoimmune disease.

Lectins aren’t as scary as some people make them out to be.

So how dangerous are dietary lectins?

While lectins can be somewhat harmful to your health, there are many ways to manage your intake. Read on for more insights.

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