Constantly tired? These foods may be depleting your energy levels
Beware of this specific substance – lectin.
Ever heard of it? You might confuse it with leptin or lecithin, but lectin is quite a pesky substance that aggravates your health condition…
For example, if you have:
- A thyroid condition
- Any kind of arthritis
- Heart disease
- or you’re carrying a few extra pounds…
Lectin is that invisible enemy which will worsen your condition.
And that without you EVEN knowing! Scientists discovered that this substance is responsible for:
- Increasing inflammation inside your body.
- Preventing your gut from absorbing nutrients properly.
Related: The Deadly Effects of Inflammation
This shocking news took the medical community by storm and you won’t believe what are the top foods that contain high levels of lectin…
Not only that, but every plant has its own unique type of lectin, some more resistant to heat than others. You may have eaten at least two of these dangerous foods today!
The Apparently So-Called “Healthy” Foods, Chockful in Lectins
Tomato lectins are able to cross the gut and enter the bloodstream after you eat them.
Research suggests that people who are genetically predisposed to rheumatoid arthritis can trigger this condition earlier in life if they eat tomatoes.
2. Red Kidney Beans
Raw kidney beans contain high levels of lectin.
If you eat them raw or undercooked, just five beans can make you experience extreme:
However, as long as you cook them properly, they are not only safe to eat but also very nutritious and healthy.
Just like red kidney beans, soybeans are completely safe to eat if cooked properly.
Research shows that soybean lectins are almost completely deactivated when they’re boiled at 212°F (100°C) for at least 10 minutes.
In contrast, dry or moist heating of soybeans at 158°F (70°C) for several hours had little or no effect on their lectin content.
You can also try fermentation and sprouting, both decrease the lectin content at safe levels.
So, don’t shy away from soy sauce, miso, tempeh, and soybean sprouts which you can add in salads or use in stir-fries.
35% of the world’s population has wheat as a staple food.
But did you know that raw wheat, especially wheat germ, is high in lectins?
The good news is that they are completely eliminated through cooking and processing.
Refined wheat products can cause your blood sugar to spike because they have a high glycemic index (GI). It’s also void of virtually all nutrients.
In contrast, whole wheat has a similar GI, but it’s higher in fiber, which can improve the health of your gut.
Cooked whole-wheat pasta has no trace of lectins and store-bought whole-wheat pasta doesn’t contain any lectins at all. That’s due to the heat exposure during production.
They are both satiating and satisfying to eat…
But did you know they contain high amounts of lectin which will puncture your gut wall?
Not only that but the lectin appears to be heat resistant (barely 50% of lectin gets destroyed during the cooking process).
So the more potatoes you eat, the more sluggish you’ll feel throughout the day, so try to reduce your consumption of potatoes.
Ever heard of lectin before?
How much of these foods are you consuming on a daily basis?
I can’t wait to read your opinions, so please let me know what you think.
To your health!
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