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EPISODE #37
Are Plants Toxic?
May 13, 2021
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Hello, and welcome to the get lean and eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin. I’m a certified health coach, trainer and author. And this podcast is for middle-aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long-term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show.

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All right, welcome to the get lean eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin. I hope you’re having a great Tuesday. And today we are going to discuss what is the deal with plants? I think there’s a misnomer that if you’re eating the, you know, the rainbow of plants that you are eating healthy, fruits and vegetables have always had this connotation that, you know, eat fruits and vegetables, you’re living a healthy lifestyle, but after this podcast, you might maybe change your mind a little bit regarding plants. Not everyone is affected the same way. And we’re talking about plant toxins. Also talk about sort of what is least toxic, most toxic plants and what you can do with vegetables and even fruits to make them more tolerable for the gut per se.

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So everybody’s different. Some people can tolerate it more than others. And the bottom line is with plants. They don’t want to be eaten because plants can’t run away from their predators predators, the same way animals can. They protect themselves by producing toxic chemicals and compounds. So essentially if you think about it, obviously animals can run and they have teeth and nails and they can fight, but plants don’t have that. So they have to come up with these chemicals and compounds to sort of keep things away from them so they can live longer. And it’s an interesting, it’s interesting when you think about it and it makes a lot of sense.

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Now that doesn’t mean that every plant is bad for you. There’s ways to prepare them, to make them least less toxic. I used to eat a lot of big salads and the more I’ve learned about it, I’ve actually cut back quite a bit, gone a little bit more on the meat-based side with grass fed grass, finished nose to tail diet. But if you still want to incorporate plants, that’s, you know, you can, you just, it’s good to be aware of it because some of these plans could be causing gut issues. And, you know, if you look back at our like predecessors, they did eat some plant foods, but they were mainly eaten as survival foods. Also indigenous groups would prepare these plant foods in a certain way to help render them less toxic.

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I taught, I had a conversation with Dr. Bill Schindler and he visited CCS tribes. And, you know, there’s a ton of fermentation and soaking done on, on vegetables in order to make them less toxic and able to eat them. I know one thing you mentioned was for potatoes that actually peeled all their potatoes as well. Cause I think there was a lot of toxic compounds in the skin, but one of the most common plant anti-nutrients and there’s quite a bit, we’re not going to get to all of them today. We’ll just touch on a few of them. Those are lectins. Lectins are sticky proteins that attach to foods, food molecules, and they can cause inflammation. I’ve heard. I’m sure you’ve heard of lectins.

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If you haven’t, they can be found in seeds like sunflowers, cashew, peanuts, beans, lagoons, grains, grains, like wheat, barley oats, and also nightshade vegetables in nightshade. Vegetables are things like tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, and potatoes. So lectins are pretty common and all of those. And I would say you want to maybe limit your consumption of these foods because lectins are pro-inflammatory and could cause you know, your, it could cause gut issues and trigger your immune system. I mean, if you love beans and potatoes, you can use a pressure cooker.

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You can also soak nuts and also peel like cucumber. Obviously you’re going to peel cucumbers, but D see them as well, eggplant and squash as well. You can de see those and make them more tolerable. Essentially. You also want to, you know, maybe ferment your vegetables as well, or by fermented vegetables. If you find that, you know, you’re having a reaction to certain ones, another compound is oxalates. Oxalates are found obviously in plants and have been linked to kidney stones. So they could cause the formation of calcium oxalate, kidney stones, and 75% of kidney stones are made from calcium oxalate.

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So what foods are high in oxalates, tumeric, tumeric powder, kale. Okay. So be careful with that. You know, those kale smoothies, spinach, almonds, beet powder, and even chocolate. It’s tough to hear that now again, if you, you might not be affected by this. And I would say that you don’t necessarily maybe have to have it every day. You know, those, those green spinach smoothies might not be the healthiest thing that you think they are. So I would recommend eating all plant foods, excuse me. I would recommend cooking all plant foods in order to break them down to sort of take out a lot of those harmful compounds, another one.

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And, and this’ll be the last one that we talk about and that’s called phytic acid and phytic acid is a compound found in nuts, grains and lagoons. And the problem is they bind to minerals. So essentially eating a diet high in fighting acid could contribute to things like anemia, zinc, deficiency, magnesium, magnesium deficiency, and hypocalcemia. So phytic acid is something that is mainly like I mentioned, nuts and lagoons. And again, some people are more sensitive to it than others. So those are some of like the chemicals and compounds that you can be that can be found in, in vegetables and some fruits.

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Now you’re probably asking, well, what if I wanted to sort of, what, what should I look out for? What’s more, what are things that are more toxic and less toxic? So here here’s a list I came up with depending on their toxic toxicity levels and the least toxic would be things like avocados, berries, squash, cucumbers, especially if you D see them apples and oranges along with olives, honey and dates. So you’ll hear people say they like a carnival Irish diet. They probably eat mainly nose, the tail, and they add, and maybe some of these least toxic vegetables like for myself, I do have avocados, occasional berries, sometimes even some squash and maybe a little bit apples here and there.

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So I do add in some of these least toxic vegetables from time to time, some more toxic ones are things like beans and lagoons. This is why it’s good to maybe put them in a pressure cooker, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, things like broccoli nightshades, which I mentioned to you before you got nuts and seeds, which I do love nuts and seeds. I don’t, they don’t have any impact on me. So I, I do have them from time to time grains. And then I know a big one that you’re probably not going to want to hear is actually coffee. There are CaseNet carcinogens and pesticides and coffee. I would just research where the, where the coffee bean is coming from, where it’s being sourced, because coffee can be very toxic.

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Also mushrooms, mushrooms. There are some positive benefits for mushrooms, but some people might react negative to them. So just keep an eye out for that. So there’s the list from least toxic to most toxic. And that’ll sort of give you an idea and sort of an intro that, you know, plants obviously do have some positive benefits, but there, there are chemicals and compounds that could cause an adverse effect, especially in your gut. So that’s all I wanted to touch on today. If you have any questions, feel free to put it in the link below, or send me, send me a quick email. And I hope you enjoy this episode regarding plants and have a great rest of the day.

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