The purpose of writing this is to help educate people on side effects of eating Lectins. Below is an excerpt from The Plant Paradox.
“Lectins are plant proteins. They’re found in all sorts of members of the vegetable kingdom, and they happen to be one of nature’s greatest defenses against any hungry animal (or human being).
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 even attach to certain cells in your body when you eat them.
Whenever you eat a seed, a certain kind of grain or even the skin of a fruit or vegetable, the lectins inside it scout out the sugars in your body. Not only that, they look for the ones they can latch onto most easily.
They particularly like to grab hold of sialic acid – a type of sugar found in your brain, gut, nervous tissue, and even in human milk. This incredible ability to latch onto sugars and bind carbohydrates earns lectins the name sticky proteins.
But, here’s why sticky proteins are so important – they interfere with the normal functioning of the person who eats them.
Often, lectins can get in the way of important cells communicating with one another. And when that happens, the body’s response is usually inflammation or some other type of reaction to toxicity, like nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. A break in cellular communication can also result in symptoms like fatigue or forgetfulness.”
For further reading: http://drgundry.com/lectin-guide/
The reason my husband and I started following the Plant Paradox program was because of health issues. We are both overweight, on cholesterol medication, and on depression medication. My husband also has high blood pressure and extremely bad arthritis in both of his knees. I also have achy joints from inflammation.
We are in our late 50’s and want to live many more years to watch our children and grandchildren grow up while still being an influence in their lives. Our goal is to live lives of significance and joy which is what we will do!
We have been on the program for 2 weeks, have both started to lose weight and we feel like our inflammation is reduced. Stay tuned for more updates!