Just because you eat plant based whole food doesn’t mean you don’t have to modify something. I don’t know about you, but I have suffered RA symptoms for quite some time, never identifying it for what it was.
‘In diet responsive rheumatoid arthritis one of the commonest trigger foods is wheat, and wheat lectin is specific for N-acetyl glucosamine—the sugar that is normally hidden but exposed in rheumatoid arthritis. This suggests that N-acetyl glucosamine oligomers such as chitotetraose (derived from the chitin that forms crustacean shells) might be an effective treatment for diet associated rheumatoid arthritis. Interestingly, the health food trade has already siezed on N-acetyl glucosamine as an antiarthritic supplement [1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1115436]’.
Now, I know looking into my past I had inflammation from things I ate. Way back in the day, I wasn’t eating largely plant based whole food nor wasn’t close to becoming a vegetarian or vegan, either. Things I ate also caused gout in my big toe! For years, I thought it was my shoes that were the culprit!
‘If you have mysterious aches and pains, you might want to start pressure cooking your beans, rice, tomatoes and potatoes right away to reduce their lectin potency’ ~ your author
There are kitchen tools you use again and again, and one which has been most used since I bought it is my Farberware pressure cooker. Many other valuables you use in the kitchen are your food processor, blender and favorite frying pan. They paid for themselves many times over.
‘Another suspect lectin disease is rheumatoid arthritis [2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1115436/] ‘.
You can do amazing things with a pressure cooker. One thing that isn’t spectacular, but comes out perfect every time is my vegetable soup. It’s really delicious. And, although I don’t eat meat, I do flavor my soup with chicken broth. Vegetable broth just doesn’t cut it for me when it comes to making flavorful soup.
When I make my vegetable soup, I also use stewed tomatoes, which are nightshades. Tomatoes also have lectins. So, pressure cooking reduces the painful lectin potency, unfortunately not all.
Source- 1 & 2 Freed, D L. “Do Dietary Lectins Cause Disease?” BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), British Medical Journal, 17 Apr. 1999, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1115436/.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.