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World J Gastroenterol. Jun 28, 2019; 25(24): 2973-2976
Published online Jun 28, 2019. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v25.i24.2973
Dietary Lectin exclusion: The next big food trend?
Kirpal Panacer, Peter J Whorwell
Kirpal Panacer, University of Manchester Medical Student, Stopford Building, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PG, United Kingdom
Peter J Whorwell, Neurogastroenterology Unit, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Whorwell PJ conceived the idea; and Panacer K and Whorwell PJ searched the literature; Panacer K wrote an initial draft of the paper which was then edited by Whorwell PJ until both authors approved the final draft.
Conflict-of-interest statement: KP has no conflicts of interest. Over the last 3 years PJW has acted as a consultant to or received research funding from Danone, Allergan Pharma, Ironwood Pharma and Salix Pharma but it is not felt that the contents of this viewpoint have been influenced at all by any of these relationships.
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Corresponding author: Peter J Whorwell, BSc, FRCP (Hon), MBBS, MD, PhD, Full Professor, Neurogastroenterology Unit, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Manchester M23 9LT, United Kingdom. peter.whorwell@mft.nhs.uk
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Received: January 16, 2019
Peer-review started: January 16, 2019
First decision: March 27, 2019
Revised: April 15, 2019
Accepted: April 29, 2019
Article in press: April 29, 2019
Published online: June 28, 2019
Core Tip

Core tip: Patients with gastrointestinal problems, as well as the general public, are being offered an increasing number of different diets which claim to improve their health, often without any evidence to support a beneficial effect. Lectins are carbohydrate binding proteins which are found in many foods and some of them, such as those found in red kidney beans, can cause gastrointestinal symptoms if not cooked properly. Consequently, it is possible that a lectin exclusion diet could become fashionable in the future and research is needed to find out under what circumstances, if any, such a diet may be advisable.