Legumes: How Come ?

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I moved here in the Us 6 months ago from Italy


never had acne in my life


i'm 27


in last few months i experiences sudden breakouts



i was eating bad I guess



whole wheat pasta, soy milk, cereals with added sugar, low priced meat (with hormones i guess) lot of canned beans, lot of whole bread




i changed my diet



only organic eggs, meat, veggies and fruits

no milk only greek yogurt

no bread

only "made in italy" pasta



everything cleared up sincerly after 1 week




yesterday i wanted to eat lentils cause i love legumes and i need proteins


i soaked them for 24h


cooked in hot water for 20min



this morning i wake up and I can see some acne coming out


WHAT ??????





what's the story ?



i remember I ate legumes in Italy and never had problems




is something related to US legumes ? the way they farm them ?



IS THERE NO BEAN/LEGUMES SAFE for me ? what might be the problem ?


if I buy them at Whole Foods, they'll be better ?




Thanks so much

I think now I'm fine with my diet but I really need to eat some legumes sometimes

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You already posted this in another thread, why start another one.


And again, I'll ask, why did you start consuming soy milk and cereals with added sugar?  Is that how you ate in Italy?


I really don't think there's anything wrong with lentils grown in the U.S., but it couldn't hurt to buy organic such as from whole foods. You can also get different kinds there.  (Did  you look to see where they came from?)  


Did you stress out about eating the lentils?  Maybe that's why you are breaking out.


Did you stress over the move & adapting to a new life?  Food intolerances can start during times of stress. Constant cortisol messes up your immune response system.


What else did you change about your lifestyle when you came here?

Edited by alternativista

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Only change has been diet

But its a massive one

Yes, in italy i was eating regular milk and cereals

But milk in italy is from family farms and grass feed

Cereals were the basic plain one

Pasta even american barilla is made in the us with us grains

I'm 100% sure Us grains, wheat, soy, corn are feed with something chemicals

Im serene here, so no strees involved

Its just the change of diet that in 6-7 months changed something inside my body I guess

And im now kind of intolerant for some kind of foods

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by the way, trying to understand, i came to this conclusion:


I have eaten for too long foods with high LECTINS content:




SOY milk + CEREALS + OAT meal for breakfast


whole WHEAT pasta (400gr day)

canned BEANS


whole WHEAT bread (200gr day)


SOY protein powder (before gym)


chicken breast (cheap one, feed with lectins grains)




it might create some intolerances in me, or it might damaged my gut so foods generates inflammation in my body





reflecting on my habits, I think this might be exactly what happened

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Just stating the obvious...a Mediterranean diet is high in olive oil and other omega 3s. You might need to balance your omega 3-6 ratio by consuming less vegetable oil which is hidden in many foods. Here's some things you should do:


  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week (make sure it's wild caught fish, preferably salmon)
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

I think the Mediterranean diet you were eating was anti-inflammatory and was protecting you from acne. If you balance your omega 3-6 ratio your skin will return to normal.

Edited by PlumpCaboose

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i'd suggest to everybody to avoid Soy anyway



talking with some people who ate it for a while, like me, and made some research about their problems, it turns out but it's likely soy the cause

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