Today's HealthNews For You – Lectins Good or Bad


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Are Lectins in Food Good or Bad for You?

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In today’s news we look at the pros and cons of eating foods rich in lectins.

Lectins are abundant in raw legumes and grains, but are also found in dairy products and certain vegetables.

Lectins in plants are a natural defense against microorganisms, pests, and insects.

There are some lectins that no one should consume.

Eating raw kidney beans can lead to lectin poisoning, with the main symptoms being severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

Keeping in mind that humans don’t typically eat raw legumes.

Low doses of lectins may be beneficial by stimulating gut function, decreasing obesity and limiting tumor growth.

In 1963, researchers at Mass General discovered that the lectin in whole wheat could distinguish between cancer cells and normal cells, by clumping together the tumor cells, while the normal cells were left almost completely alone.

In a petri dish study, kidney bean lectin almost completely suppress the growth of human head and neck cancer cells, liver cancer cells, breast cancer cells, and cervical cancer cells, all within about three days.

In fighting colorectal cancer, researchers showed that the lectin in fava beans could take colon cancer cells, and turn them back into looking more like normal cells.

This might explain why dietary consumption of beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, based on 14 studies involving nearly two million participants.

Eating an organic wholesome diet that includes grains and legumes will keep you on the path to good health and well being.

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