(just hear me out, huntgatherlove) I'm pretty sensitive to high Lectin foods (nuts, dairy, white potato, too many eggs...) and generally avoid them as they make me bloated and puffy and constipated. BUT, when I do eat them, I find myself craving these foods for days afterwards! Even if I ate just one if these foods, I'll crave ALL high Lectin foods- it's like they fill me in a different sort of way. It becomes quite a challenge to refrain, and it seems similar to those who deal with non-paleo food cravings- a lot of willpower mixed with guilt...
Does anybody else respond like this?
It doesn't seem like high lectin foods per se, but rather pseudo paleo foods. How many eggs and nuts would we really have gotten in the wild? Probably very few. And potatoes and dairy aren't strictly paleo (not that they're bad foods).
Oddly, I have a similar story but with a different culprit! I get the same thing when I consume gluten (which I'm very sensitive to). I've always sort of attributed it to some wonkiness in my system, but if someone has some input, I'd be interested as well!
Some most definitely are addictive in the literal biological sense. Various peptides in wheat called exorphins trigger dopamine receptors and other pleasure mechanisms in subtle ways. http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2010/12/pleasure-pain-wheat-and-psychopharm.html
I wonder why it would be adaptive to addict an animal that eats a seed. I mean the fact that seeds poison animals should tell us that they don't want to be eaten. Maybe it's more effective to sacrifice a bunch of seeds to kill or seriously maim an animal imminently rather than have it munch little bits here and there for a long time.
Well, it might not be the lectins that cause the cravings - perhaps it's other components that lead to the cravings that are shared by all these food items? Lectins just happen to be a shared variable ...
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