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Foods with Lectin

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Adélie Penguin
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, tomato products, coffee, legumes except chickpeas, fresh fruit especially citrus and except bananas, canned pineapple, sugar of all kinds, uncooked veggies, dairy except Greek yogurt, garlic, vinegars...more?
Location: Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Foods with Lectin Reply with quote

After seeing the suggestion of the book, The Plant Paradox and a lectin-free diet, I looked up foods with lectin:

Beans and Pulses

Beans are among the main sources of lectins. Soy, kidney, navy, pinto, lima, fava, wax, castor, jack, string and field beans all contain lectins. Sweet peas, green peas, cow peas and horse grams are other sources of these proteins, as are lentil, mung bean or soybean sprouts. Fully cook your beans before eating them. Cooking and digestion destroy some, but not all, lectins. For example, the lectins in navy beans aren't fully destroyed during digestion.

Grains and Cereals

Barley, corn, rice and wheat, especially wheat germ, also contain lectins, as do cereals and other baked goods made with these grains. Wheat germ contains one of the types of lectin that isn't destroyed during digestion.

Fruits and Vegetables

Tomatoes contain lectin, and so do potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, rhubarb, beets, mushrooms, asparagus, turnips, cucumbers, pumpkin, sweet peppers and radishes. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit, provide lectin. So do berries, including blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Other fruit sources of lectin include pomegranate, grapes, cherries, quinces, apples, watermelon, banana, papaya, plums and currants.

Other Foods

You'll also be consuming lectin if you eat nuts and seeds, even those that have been dry roasted. Walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cashews, and coconut all contain lectins. Chocolate, coffee and some spices, including caraway, nutmeg, peppermint, marjoram and garlic, are also sources of lectins.


Wonderful! So now what the heck do we eat???!!! Sad
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Emperor Penguin
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Joined: 21 Dec 2009

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2018 Jan 21 - 4:55 PM

Food Intolerances : Gluten, Yeast, Caesin, Soy, salad/raw veges and fruit
Location: Hunter Valley NSW Australia

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my MC safe eating plan for past 7 years is low lectin

I don't eat beans and pulses - plenty of other MC safe veges
avoid processed flours - by eating meat and veges majority of meals
minimal amounts of fruits
don't eat nuts (but I do have small amount of coffee)

the thing with any healthy eating plan is you cant do EVERYTHING PERFECTLY... so long as during the day you don't have too many high lectin and high histamine you will be fine, all things in moderation,
if you do a mix of veges then you can restrict lectin intake to one risky vegetable per meal - things like cauliflower, carrots, parsnips, ratabuga etc are not high in lectin
and interestingly there are no proteins on the list - so following high protein low carb eating plan is best way to eat low lectin
Gabes Ryan

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2018 Jan 20 - 10:55 PM

Food Intolerances : Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Tuna, Beef, Oat, Almonds, Walnuts
Location: WA State

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep.....I read the Plant Paradox book and decided that I am eating as low lectin as it is going to get.....

It is stated in the book that you can't get away from all lectins period....so it truly is a pick an choose deal...and since I have MC/LC I must choose higher protein, medium vegetable and medium carb, and low sugar.

Am I perfect in my eating habits every day...NO....and I probably will never be, lol.

I sure hope no one stresses over the information in that book....but it is a good guidance to healthier eating.....pretty much getting away from the boxes and packages that contain Gluten/Dairy/Soy has helped me tons. It is interesting which plants is thought or even perhaps proven to be hindrances to our health though.

Something that I have probably been told a few times over my lifetime but didn't retain was that anything that has seeds inside it is considered a Fruit instead of a Vegetable (like a cucumber Shocked )
To Succeed you have to Believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a Reality - Anita Roddick
Dx LC April 2012 had symptoms since Aug 2007
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