May 10, 2016
Updated July 7, 2016
My diet was probably decent on the nutrition scale of "western" diets, but compared to a more traditional, "paleo" diet, it did include a lot of highly inflammatory items.
Gluten is probably the worst and most notorious lectin for creating inflammation in the body by destroying your small intestine lining (i.e. creating a "leaky gut") and causing gut dysbiosis (an microbial imbalance). The primary dietary source of gluten is wheat. Furthermore, today's American wheat is made "Round-up Ready." This means that the crops are tolerant to glyphosate, the active chemical in Monsanto's weed-killer, Round-up®. Glyphosate helps in several ways to increase crop yield, is used extensively in American wheat farming, but this chemical is also highly damaging to the gut.
Corn in the USA is genetically engineered (GMO) to produce a high amount of an insecticide called Bt-toxin. Again, this increases crop yield but at the expense of gut health. Doctors are beginning to discover how important the gut microbiome is to human health; destroy its lining or the important bacteria therein, and you'll wreak havoc on your health.
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