5 beans can kill you!

5 beans can kill you!

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Lectins are the proteins that are found on the outside of plants.  They are the plants immune system that protects the plant from invaders.  Invaders also include people.  When we eat any plant or seed, these proteins bind to sugar molecules on the cells of our intestines.  Some of them are beneficial, but too much can cause harm, including “leaky gut” by preventing the replication of the cells.  They also get into the body and act as signals to any cell.  Lectins may be responsible for food reactions that are not true allergies.  Some lectins don’t do a lot of harm, but some are quite toxic.  It is said that only a handful of raw, red kidney beans can cause sickness and even death.

Lectins are found in all plants, but they are abundant in nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils.  This doesn’t mean you should stop eating these otherwise healthy foods, rather you should be aware of how to cook these foods.  Soaking beans and raw nuts and pouring off the water helps to lower the lectin levels.  Cooking in water also helps.  Dry heat, like baking bread in an oven, doesn’t have a significant effect on lectins.

Take Home Message:

  • Wash vegetables
  • Soak raw nuts and lentils
  • Vary your diet – Even very nutritious foods shouldn’t be eaten every day.  It turns out, your body needs the lectins found in plants, but occasionally, and in small quantities.  A constant onslaught with these will bring on food reactions, nutrient deficiencies, and leaky gut syndrome.

Last, but not least, fast periodically for a day to allow the intestines to repair.  This can be one day a week, or one day a month for about 24 hours with water only.

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