Lectins - should I be avoiding any food that has them?

Answered on August 29, 2017
Created August 24, 2017 at 5:26 AM

Hi all,

the title may be a little broad. I understand many, many foods contain lectins and our body is able to deal with them appropriately in moderate amounts. I've been going to a naturopathic doctor for the past few months. He is an advocate for the blood type diet (by Peter D'Adamo), as well as the genotype diet. My blood type is O+ and my genotype according to all the measurements etc I had done is hunter. 

the food list I was given by the ND is pretty specific, but some of the "avoid" foods I cannot wrap my brain around. The most difficult ones for me to accept are cucumber, coconut (meat, oil, milk, cream...anything coconut), cauliflower (this is the most difficult for me I think) and avocado. It's reaalllllyyyyy hard to believe that any of those things would be bad for me. 

After doing some of my own research on the author of "eat right 4 your type" (D'Adamo), i watched a ton of YouTube videos and read articles that his theories were complete BS and that no correlation between blood type and specific foods could be found. D'Adamo was supposed to release two studies testing his diet (on reproductive cancer and RA) and both studies never came out...interesting. 


The bottom line is that it appears lectins are an issue for everyone, and lectins are in a lot of foods the paleo diet avoids by default (beans and grains). But cucumber? Cauliflower? Coconut? AVOCADO??!!! I don't know what to believe anymore and it's becoming more and more confusing. 


Sidenote: I was diagnosed with hashimoto's disease in April 2017 which is why I began seeing this ND in the first place. I removed wheat and dairy from my diet before switching to paleo, but now am being told to avoid even more foods, hence my confusion and this post. 



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on August 29, 2017
at 05:04 PM

You should do an elimination diet to find out what foods you can and can't tolerate. The Paleo Mom is probably the best website for that. You can also search for "autoimmune protocol" for other sources. With an elimination diet, you will have a very restrictive diet of safe foods for ~60 days, which will give you an idea of what it feels like not to have bad reactions to your food. Then you will reintroduce one food at a time to see whether you tolerate it. This protocol is much better than the one-size-fits-all prescriptions made by most paleo authors.

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