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The information added about the different lectin families is interesting and fairly accurate (though there are many small mistakes), but it does make the lectin page very dense. IMO it would be better to create a seperate page for each group and link to these pages from the central lectin page. Tomixdf 22:33, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

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Lectins in the common bean[edit]

Lectins in common bean and the precautions to avoid them should be discussed in the article (but aren't). Badagnani (talk) 09:22, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

I have found an article that may point us to some specific problems with the ingestion of lectin. Agrarian diet and diseases of affluence – Do evolutionary novel dietary lectins cause leptin resistance?

In short it says that Lectin potentially causes leptin resistance. Or as the article states, "[lectins] could possibly bind to the leptin receptor and affect its function, which could translate into diseases of affluence"

Another point of interest is how it plays in with obesity: "Leptin acts as a signal to the brain to inhibit food intake and enable the storage in adipocytes of surplus calories while simultaneously protecting peripheral non-adipose tissue from toxic effects of intracellular lipid overload [39]. Leptin also affects the growth of blood vessels and bone; the immune system; glucose- and fat metabolism and the reproductive system [32,40]. Leptin administered peripherally in animal models such as rodents promotes weight loss and satiation, but peripheral administration of leptin in obese human does not promote significant weight loss [32,41]. This difference in effect together with the observation that most obese humans have high levels of leptin suggest that leptin resistance causes human obesity [32,41]."

In other words, as humans grow more resistant to leptin, they are required to eat more so that they can receive a larger amount of leptin to feel full.

I would like some feedback before including any of this into the article. Saji Loupgarou (talk) 23:13, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

This is a terrible wikipedia article. Lay person can understand nothing of it because it reads like a badly edited medical textbook. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:39, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Article is fine. Comment above is naive to say the least. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:29, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Some clarification of terms "lectin" vs "leptin" would be helpful. Also, have any clinical trials been conducted to evaluate weight loss and avoiding lectin? Acarat (talk) 19:44, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Please see this revision, in which I reiterate all relevant information from the (previously-cited) primary source. This includes information on lectin content and inactivation in the kidney bean. --Lucas (talk) 01:04, 13 March 2018 (UTC)


The following had been tagged on, i think i've found one of the corresponding papers:

  • Ayyagari, Narasinga Rao, & Roy, 1989
  • Duranti, 2006 - Pubmed:16406359
  • Francis, Makkar, & Becker, 2001 - Pubmed:11423383 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Abergabe (talkcontribs) 13:53, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

Peter Hermann Stillmark and his Diss[edit]

Peter Hermann Stillmark

Ueber Ricin, ein giftiges Ferment aus den Samen von Ricinus comm. L. und einigen anderen Euphorbiaceen : Inaugural-Dissertation / zur Erlangung des Grades eines Doctors der Medicin verfasst und mit Bewilligung Einer Hochverordneten Medicinischen Facultät der Kaiserlichen Universität zu Dorpat zur öffentlichen Vertheidigung bestimmt von Hermann Stillmark.

Dorpat : [s.n.], 1888 (Dorpat : Schnakenburg) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:05, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

Function in Plants[edit]

Major error in this section, starting just after the word phytohormones [reference #3]. The next word after the end of the sentence is not capitalized, and obviously comes from some other section. It is talking about Lectins in human metabolism, and should not be in this section on Lectin's function in plants. Someone knowledgable, please fix! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:45, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

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Dr Gundry[edit]

Propose addition such as; The concern of the effects of lectin on the human body was popularized in 2017 by the New York Times bestseller the plant by Dr. Gundry Wikipietime (talk) 15:06, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Why not give it a shot? What's your secondary source, though? Here is the closest of which I know.[1] I suppose you could just say that a book written about lectins in the human diet was on the 2017 NY Times bestseller list, and then simply cite the list. --Lucas (talk) 18:38, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Went ahead and added at least his name and the citation to his book. Patron Vectras (talk) 00:18, 24 July 2018 (UTC)


  1. ^ Rosenbloom, Cara. "Going lectin-free is the latest pseudoscience diet fad". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)