Plant Paradox Diet: the low lectin diet

Plant Paradox Diet: the low lectin diet

We had already talked about it in two articles: Dr. Gundry’s diet, or Plant Paradox Diet, is a diet that points the finger at plant antinutrients, including legumes and grains. According to Dr. Gundry, cardiologist, there is in fact a “plant paradox”. That is, plants have substances, lectins, which limit the absorption of vitamins and minerals, causing numerous health problems.
And overweight.
In America, Dr. Gundry’s book was incredibly successful. D as Dieta had reported it here: “ Do lectins make you fat? “And in a second article he had talked about singer Kelly Clarkson, who with this low lectin diet she would have lost 17 kilos. 
But what are lectins?
It is a family of proteins contained in plants and therefore consequently in plants, including cereals and legumes.
Among the lectins, we also have gluten. In Italy, a book by Gundry was published, with the provocative title: “ Is vegetables bad for you? “(Published by Piemme). D as a Dieter will therefore try to address the question of pros and cons.


The opinions against.

Plenty of people have received Dr. Gundry’s thesis with skepticism. This is because vegetables, legumes and cereals are the basis of the diet of many long-lived populations, they are mentioned by almost all studies as useful for reducing cardiovascular risk, metabolic syndrome, and for improving intestinal bacterial flora. Furthermore, the risk of mortality is also lower in people who eat more vegetables and have a vegetarian-based diet.
Another factor often contested by Dr. Gundry is that he is a cardiologist, therefore he does not have adequate knowledge in the nutritional field. We also know that cooking, soaking legumes, natural leavening for whole grains, and sprouting are all processes that significantly reduce the inflammatory rate of any lectins.

The favorable opinions.

On the other hand, however, there are many people who have intestinal problems when they consume raw vegetables, whole grains and legumes. On the one hand, these vegetables contain to a greater or lesser extent phyto-estrogenic substances. Finally, excessive consumption of these vegetables, cereals and legumes is associated with intestinal malabsorption.
Finally, today we know that alongside celiac disease there is a sensitivity to gluten. Just as some plant substances are, for example, goiter. For example fishing, cruciferous (raw), red millet are related to thyroid problems. And what about oxalates? These are plant defense systems that can damage human health if in excess.
Some studies also link lectins to autoimmune diseases.
Finally, the low lectin diet is restrictive but doable.

To do this diet or not?

My advice, “paradoxically”, is to try it for a week.
If the belly goes flat, bowel regularity improves and we lose a pound by avoiding certain foods, maybe Gundry is not (completely) wrong.

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