Do lectins really cause inflammation?
– SARAH ANDREWS, FRANKFORT, KY
Q/ A/With the publication of The Plant Paradox (Harper Wave, 2017), by Steven Gundry, MD, lectins seem to be the latest “anti-nutrient” receiving attention. Lectins are proteins found in foods like grains, legumes, nightshade vegetables (such as potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), dairy and eggs. Gundry theorizes that these proteins can lead to inflammatory reactions that cause a whole host of autoimmune and degenerative diseases. However, the majority of research on lectins has been conducted in test tubes or on animals, not on people. Plus, the lectins in food can be deactivated or reduced by soaking, sprouting, fermenting or cooking. There’s far more evidence to show that a plant-based diet is associated with reduced levels of inflammation and a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.
– ERIN MACDONALD AND TIFFANI BACHUS