In the past two decades, there has been very little information regarding lectins. Most will refer to the book, “Eat Right For Your Type” which list the lectins that bind to specific blood types. Of the 119 dietary lectins listed here, about half are panhemagglutinins, which bind to any red blood cells of all blood types. To understand the discrepancy, you must understand the lectin concentration of the vegetable or fruit during the growing, bolting/seed production and at the time of harvest. It was only recently, we have realized that many lectins are:
• Toxic, inflammatory, or both;
• Resistant to cooking and digestive enzymes; and
• Present in much of all plant based food – organic and conventionally grown; homegrown or farm grown.
If you are following the “Eat Right for Your Type” diet and eating out of season vegetables and fruits, you are consuming large amounts of SOFT or Hard Lectins. The Autoimmune Diet Lectin Avoidance Guidelines are an intervention protocol to allow the Gastrointestinal lining time to repair, replenishment of inhibitory neurotransmitters and anti-inflammatory cytokines and reduce Thyroid glandular exposure to lectins. The Avoidance of Lectins will be beneficial for those suffering from an Invisible Illness.