BRIDGEPORT, Conn., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A study presented at the American Heart Association's 2013 Scientific Session found that a diet high in lectins, a carbohydrate binding protein, can be detrimental to your health. Lectins are commonly found in grains, legumes, tomatoes, and vegetables belonging to the nightshade family. The research found that the lectins in these "healthy" foods can be tied to hypertension, diabetes and septic shock.
Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, discussed the dangers of lectins in his New York Times best-seller, Eat Right for Your Type. While the study confirms his research into these potentially harmful lectins, the study stops-short of looking at lectins with regard to blood type – an important factor in discovering which lectins can be dangerous for different people.
"I'm extremely excited about these findings, as they point the way towards a new means of understanding the genesis of arterial disease," D'Adamo said.
But it's not all bad news; the study found that restricting these lectin-containing foods from the diet and replacing them with leafy greens, fish, lean protein, olive oil or grapeseed extract, and a multi-vitamin, improved or reversed the health conditions in the vast amount of the subjects within six months. These are similar to the individualized recommendations that D'Adamo made in his book 16 years ago. However, in his book, D'Adamo recommended specific low-lectin containing foods that corresponded to each blood-type for optimal health.
Dr. D'Adamo continues his research as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport (UB), in Connecticut. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Sciences at UB's school of Naturopathic Medicine. "While these findings are important," D'Adamo says, "they've merely provided further evidence for dietary recommendations that I first made almost two decades ago."
"When I first released this information it was almost universally maligned by most nutrition experts, who argued that lectins were either destroyed by digestion, or cooking, and would not pass the gut barrier into the circulation. It is clear that they resist digestion and a considerable amount do indeed make it into the circulation. Now it's time for the nutrition community to wake up and make the appropriate recommendations," D'Adamo concludes.
Dr. D'Adamo is the author of 20 books on health and nutrition and a prolific software developer. He is currently developing several new bioinformatics tools. His best known projects and most popular projects are DataPunk, a semantic accumulator and network designer for naturopathic knowledge; QuodLibet, a molecular pathway analytic tool that uses graph theory and social networking algorithms; and SWAMI, a program that devises complex one-of-a-kind health protocols for individuals. He is currently writing a program called HUNCH, which allows clinicians to apply semiotic principles to charting case histories.
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