Gluten and its ugly relative Lectin
What is this pesky food we keep hearing all about ?? Clue is in the word… Glue !!!
Gluten found in rye, wheat and barley has hit the media massively in the last decade with lectins hiding in their shade, but are they causing more damage to our health?
It’s become more and more apparent to hear of gluten free diets, recipes and specialist shops which got me wondering… Did our grandparents suffered in silence or is it a relatively new phenomenon ??
Can you remember your grandparents saying they had an upset bloated stomach after eating wheat or gluten based foods ? Gone are the days where home-made bread filled the house and thickly sliced serving after serving was a daily affair .
Wheat, as we know is added to so many foods nowadays and the actual wheat in bread today is nothing like it was even 50 years ago . Decades of cross breeding of the grain has changed the very essence of the grains with the gluten content increased by 50%.
Wheat also contains a lectin known as wga, wheat germ agglutinin and according to sayer ji, an advisory board member of the National health Federation states “is a bigger problem than gluten…the dark side of wheat”
These lectins are proteins found in most foods especially in grains, wheat, rye etc, dairy, legumes (beans) and the night shades , potatoes, and tomatoes. They may be toxic if consumed by the wrong blood type but another type may be tolerant to. It is very interesting to see that all these groups have been linked to food intolerances and are on the rise, eg dairy intolerances, ibs & coeliacs .
It is also interesting to find that in a 1991 study of pasteurised and processed milk, the immunoglobulin Sgla had been reduced that much making it very difficult to bind lectins.
Simply speaking The lectins act like gluten, swimming freely throughout the bloodstream sticking and binding to cells and tissues in the body making them hard to digest. They are highly resistant to stomach acids and digestive enzymes. The immune system retaliates causing an auto immune response and massively interferes with the natural biological processes.
Just knowing what your blood type is and knowing which lectins to avoid could help you in your diet choices…..
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