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The new health scare you’ve probably never heard of

Just when you thought there was nothing left for the wellness movement to recommend we eliminate from our diets, along come lectins – a group of proteins being dubbed ‘the new gluten’. But what are lectins, and should we avoid them? Sue Quinn investigates

THE SANE VIEW

Your health.

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Nothing could be healthier than a plate of vegetables and wholegrains, right? This has been the bedrock of official dietary advice for decades. These foods are purported to help protect against chronic health problems including obesity, heart disease and cancer.

But emerging as a new source of dietary confusion and fear are a group of proteins called lectins, found in high concentrations in grains, legumes and other plant foods. So, are foods we believe to be healthy actually doing us harm?

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Enjoy a bank holiday bonanza with the May issue of delicious. – there's the ultimate rainproof picnic, global dishes from Ravinder Bhogal and a crayfish feast from Gill Meller. With new recipe ideas for pesto and asapargus, a Cornish crab rarebit and herby saddle of lamb, spring has truly sprung. After the strong comes the sweet – three bakes fit for a Royal wedding, an insanely good rhubarb, lime and ginger custard tart, and Nutella doughnuts. That’s why delicious. is the UK’s best food magazine.