Pancakes are one of the most beloved breakfast foods in America, and today you’ll find that Mom’s pancake recipe is still delicious. However, there is one ingredient that is lurking in many so-called “health” foods today that may also be inside your everyday pancakes if you are still following a traditional pancake recipe.
I’m talking about lectins, and they are found in many common everyday foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables including nightshades like eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes, squash, legumes including beans, lentils, peas, along with seeds, nuts, and dairy.
What Are Lectins?
Lectins are plant-derived compounds that are actually pretty smart on the part of the plant. You see, back when humans roamed the Earth as Paleolithic creatures the plants wanted to protect themselves from us, as well as other animals. For this reason, many plants evolved to include phytochemicals such as lectins to cause intestinal distress to any animal that consumed it.
So, the bottom line on lectins is that they simply are part of the Plant Paradox. The paradox of plant life in our everyday diets is that they want to survive too! And while all raw foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are naturally good-for-you foods, they can cause problems to your overall health if used improperly in the kitchen, or if they are overeaten. Lectins are one such substance that have been shown in clinical trials to cause intestinal inflammation, allergies, and even increased gut permeability often called “leaky gut.”1,2
In other words…lectins aren’t great for your health. Some people are more sensitive to these plant proteins than others. Some people also consume more lectins than others. If you fall into either of these categories (or both!), consider reducing lectins or cutting them completely from your diet. You can also look into a supplement called Lectin Shield, discussed in this guide.
Related: Keep up with the latest in weight loss, fitness, lectin avoidance, and the benefits of Lectin Shield on the blog at PhenoFen.com!
The Low-Lectin Pancake Recipe You’ve Been Craving!
Possibly one of the best breakfast foods around, these low-lectin pancakes stack up to any traditional pancake recipe. Just try it out for yourself!
Low-Lectin Pancake Recipe Ingredients:
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 large free-range egg
- 1 Tbsp of coconut flour
- Slight drizzle of organic coconut oil to top
- Blueberries fresh, or frozen
Pancake Recipe Directions:
Chop the banana into small chunks, or if it is too ripe (which is actually good) just toss it into the blender with an egg, and a Tbsp. of low-lectin coconut flour. I find the smaller the pancakes, the easier they are to flip so, pour the batter gently into a small frying pan, or use a ladle. Cook on a medium heat in either olive oil, or coconut oil for roughly one minute on each side. You’ll know the pancakes are done when the edges are crispy, and brown.
3 Other Low-Lectin Options for a Pancake Recipe (and more!)
A lectin-free diet is one very healthy way to eat! Here are just 3 other baking flours to use:
- Almonds.Ground up almonds never looked so good as they do as a flour. This nutrient-dense all-purpose flour alternative is ideal for use in a low-lectin diet as it offers a sweet nutty flavor, along with a good source of essential fatty acids,and antioxidant Vitamin E.3
- Sesame.Here, the tiny sesame seeds are ground up to make a flour. And that makes it easy to absorb all of the nutrients provided by this commonly used seed in Asian cuisine. Sesame flour can be used in baking or as a nutritional boost in smoothies, juices, salads, and another DIY health foods. Nutrients inside sesame flour include protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and a high level of essential fatty acids including that of Omega 3, 6, and 9.4
- Sweet Potato.If you’re ready for a sweeter pancake, just add sweet potato. This slow-digesting carbohydrate is able to supply a lasting source of energy, and also a naturally sweet flavor that cuts sugar from any baked goods recipe.
- Blueberry. If you’re craving old-school blueberry pancakes, this Gundry-approved blueberry pancake recipe is the answer!
More: Help your body get rid of harmful lectins! Visit GundryMD.com to buy Lectin Shield today!
Talk to Your Doctor
Today, there are many foods on grocery store shelves masquerading as health foods. These so-called “health” foods often contain a range of filler ingredients made from all-purpose flour, sugar, and low-quality oils. For this reason, many people turn to fresh whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to maintain a healthy diet – but those foods could be causing your health problems as well. And that’s the Plant Paradox!
That’s why it is so important to talk to your doctor about any changes that you make in your everyday diet. That way they can help you develop a dietary approach that not only meets your health needs, but that also eliminates any foods that could contain harmful phyto-chemicals like lectins.
In the meantime, take this handy Plant Paradox Shopping List when you go to the grocery store. It’s the easiest way to remove harmful phyto-chemicals like lectins from your menu. Enjoy!
- Karin dePunder, LeoPruimboom. The Dietary Intake of Wheat and other Cereal Grains and Their Role in Inflammation. Nutrients. 2013 Mar; 5(3): 771–787.
- Daniel Hollander. Intestinal permeability, leaky gut, and intestinal disorders. Current Gastroenterology Reports. October 1999, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp 410–416.
- Almond flour meal. Nutrition Facts & Calories. SELFNutritionData.
- Seeds, sesame seeds, whole, dried. Nutrition Facts & Calories. SELFNutritionData.