The Lect­in­free Diet

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What it is: Lectin is the pro­tein said to be re­spon­si­ble for caus­ing gut prob­lems. It’s found in just about ev­ery­thing. We’re talk­ing beans, legumes, quinoa and nuts, spices like pep­per­mint and nut­meg, fruits and veg­eta­bles like pota­toes, toma­toes, egg­plant, berries, wa­ter­mel­ons, corn (in­clud­ing corn-fed meat) and even cof­fee. Legumes and whole­grain foods con­tain the high­est amount of lectin,” says Bon­nie. This diet was pop­u­larised by American heart sur­geon Dr Steven Gundry.

How it works: The the­ory is that lectin binds to the cells in your gut and blocks the ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents. This can af­fect your im­mune sys­tem and make you sick. But Bon­nie says there’s no proof that a lectin-free diet helps with weight loss. In fact, soak­ing legumes and grains and cook­ing them thor­oughly re­duces the lectin sig­nif­i­cantly and pre­vents po­ten­tial di­ges­tive prob­lems. The diet is easy for peo­ple who hate veg­eta­bles, but isn’t par­tic­u­larly healthy. You don’t get much fi­bre, and have to make up for the lack of nu­tri­ents with ex­pen­sive vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments.

Skip this if: You en­joy your food. De­spite the hype, Bon­nie doesn’t en­cour­age any­body to try this diet.

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