What are Lectins?

Lectins are proteins found in animals and plants, mostly in legumes (especially soy), grains, nuts and seeds. 

Lectins have many protective functions in the body, these range from recognising pathogens to assisting with the regulating of protein levels in the blood.

For some people, lectins confuse the immune system and this creates anti bodies (not ideal).

Anyone with damage to their gut lining (intestinal permeability) are often more sensitive to lectins. 

Sprouting, soaking or cooking lectin containing foods will help reduce the lectin load.

A diet that includes a wide variety of foods, rather than large amounts of one food group will often decrease the impact of lectins. 

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