But what exactly are lectins, and how can we avoid them? Here’s five things you need to know about going lectin-free.
1. You’re probably eating a lectin-high diet
Lectins, as Dr. Gundry shared, are carbohydrate-binding proteins, found in the skin and seeds of vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as plant-based foods like grains, oatmeal, brown rice and pasta.
“Over the last 50 years, we have increased our lectin consumption unknowingly and coinciding with that, our autoimmune system has syrocketed,” he explains.
2. Swap out foods containing lectins
“The first thing you do is make some swaps, just like Kelly Clarkson did,” Dr. Gundry says.