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If eating for your type is your way of life, then you are familiar with lectins. Lectins are sugar binding proteins. They are found in a variety of foods, and many of them are blood type specific. They are most widely distributed in plants and are particularly abundant in legumes and seafood. Like Velcro to a tennis ball, lectins can attach to the various cells in the body and then create a number of physiological actions such as promoting bad bacteria overgrowth and insulin resistance. By causing the release of histamine from our cells, lectins cause inflammation which plays a role in food related allergies as well as immune and bowel dysfunction. Lectins can directly trigger the immune system creating a cascade of inflammation such as seen in the diet sensitivities in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. In one study, the edible parts of 29 of 88 foods tested, including common salad ingredients, fresh fruits, roasted nuts, and processed cereals were found to possess lectins which agglutinated, or clumped together, the blood cells of least one ABO group.