Lectins, a protein found in plants that act as the plant’s defense mechanism, have been found to cause adverse reactions in some people. While people on a lectin-free diet often boost their intake of whole foods, there are a few surprising foods you need to avoid at all costs. Here is a list of the worst foods for your lectin-free diet.
Most people eating lectin-free know the dangers of certain foods. Undercooked red kidney beans are a lectin dieter’s worst nightmare. And, while soybeans masquerade as a “health food”, their lectin content makes them something to avoid. Also on the list are wheat and tomatoes…however here are few others that you may not know about.
1. Casein A1
Casein, one of the proteins found in cow’s milk, is high in lectins. Specifically, casein A1 which is a type of casein. Even if you buy organic, you won’t escape the casein. In addition to being high in lectins, it has been known to cause adverse reactions in people with a gluten intolerance, and it places a strain on the digestive system. Instead, choose a dairy free milk like almond milk or rice milk. Or use whey isolate since whey isolate has had the casein and lactose removed.
Drop the peanut butter now! Peanuts are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc. They are a filling snack, and who doesn’t love adding peanut butter to smoothies? However, unbeknownst to many, peanuts are actually a legume and not a nut. Anyone who is on the lectin-free diet knows to avoid legumes! Peanuts are especially worrisome because with some other legumes, you can cook the lectins out. With peanuts, no such luck.
Potatoes, unfortunately, contain lectins. While people often choose this veggie to add carbs to their diet, potatoes are also known for their ability to transform into a variety of unhealthy food items. The thing that sets potatoes aside in a lectin-free diet, is that the lectins in potatoes are heat resistant. Cooking potatoes doesn’t eliminate up to 50% of the lectins.
Lectin Free Snacks with MariGold
It can be hard to determine what foods are high in lectins without pre-planning. So, it makes things a lot easier if you have snacks on hand that you know you can trust. Just because you’re avoiding lectins doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. These Lectin Free Marigold Snacks are made from healthy, clean ingredients that meet all the requirements outlined in “Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox Diet” book.