By: Esther Vasa

Legumes are the foods that come in a pod.

General list of foods that are legumes:
Lentils: All
Beans: Green Beans, Broad Beans, Fava Beans, Butter Beans, Soy Beans, Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Black Beans (dried included) etc.,
Peas: Peas, chic peas (dried included)
Peanuts and Carob
Guar Gum. Use Xanthan gum instead.

Along with other foods (that contain gluten and casein, Genetically Modified food, eggs etc.,), legumes have proteins that resemble the proteins in the body that can potentially harm the nervous system by triggering an autoimmune response in some individuals. By avoiding the foods that can trigger an autoimmune response, we are also aiding the healing process for leaky gut. In turn, leaky bowel leads to inflammation ranging from mild to chronic. Lectin, a sugar-binding protein, is found in legumes and can cause gastrointestinal issues. Hence, it is good to stay away from legumes if you notice you are intolerant to legumes.