Why aren’t most legumes, rice, & other grains allowed on the Gut program?
We do allow peas and one serving of quinoa or lentils a day in order to keep the Gut Diet from becoming too restrictive. However, rice, beans, and legumes can be difficult to digest, and because of this difficulty can produce gas and bloating. Beans and legumes are also rich in toxins, many of which are not fully understood. The two main ones are lectins and alpha-amalayze inhibitors which are also found in grains. These have been shown in studies with rats to lead to leaky gut.
Typical legume/bean issues include acid reflux and gut bloating and more severe reactions like vomiting and diarrhea. Many people who have celiac, Crohn’s, IBS or ulcerative colitis find relief when they remove beans and legumes, especially when excluding gluten alone from their diet did not reduce their symptoms.