Antinutritional properties of plant lectins

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URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0041010104001916

Journal: Toxicon

Publication Date: 09/2004

Summary: Review of antinutritional effects of plant lectins

Key Takeaways

Lectins are proteins found in many plant foods such as nightshade vegetables, beans, legumes, and many others. These proteins are capable of binding to and damaging the cells lining the gut. They can even interfere with the ability of the gut to absorb nutrients from food, disrupt energy metabolism, and create an inflammatory state in the body.

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