The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain

By | May 24, 2017
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“Dr. Gundry is a true trailblazer, always at the forefront of scientific knowledge. The Plant Paradox shows the world what pioneer thinking is about and is a must-read book for anyone interested in being as healthy as nature has designed them to be.” —Alejandro Junger MD, New York Times bestselling author of Clean, Clean Gut and Clean Eats

The Plant Paradox elegantly explains how plants defend themselves from being consumed by humans, and how eating the wrong ones at the wrong times immeasurably hurts our health. An eye-opening read.” —Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor of Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University

Most of us have heard of gluten—a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body. Americans spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But what if we’ve been missing the root of the problem? In The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the “gluten-free” foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect them from predators (including humans). Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions.

At his waitlist-only clinics in California, Dr. Gundry has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases with a protocol that detoxes the cells, repairs the gut, and nourishes the body. Now, in The Plant Paradox, he shares this clinically proven program with readers around the world.

The simple (and daunting) fact is, lectins are everywhere. Thankfully, Dr. Gundry offers simple hacks we easily can employ to avoid them, including:

  • Peel your veggies. Most of the lectins are contained in the skin and seeds of plants; simply peeling and de-seeding vegetables (like tomatoes and peppers) reduces their lectin content.
  • Shop for fruit in season. Fruit contain fewer lectins when ripe, so eating apples, berries, and other lectin-containing fruits at the peak of ripeness helps minimize your lectin consumption.
  • Swap your brown rice for white. Whole grains and seeds with hard outer coatings are designed by nature to cause digestive distress—and are full of lectins.

With a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each, a step-by-step detox and eating plan, and delicious lectin-free recipes, The Plant Paradox illuminates the hidden dangers lurking in your salad bowl—and shows you how to eat whole foods in a whole new way.

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  1. Joan Herrington
    104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
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    I am blown away by the scientifically-grounded diet information packed …, April 26, 2017
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    I am blown away by the scientifically-grounded diet information packed into this myth-busting book! I have been struggling with a plethora of health problems: high blood sugar, high cholesterol, obesity, and just about every conceivable skin problem. Severe reactions to beans, almonds, dairy, and egg whites led me to believe that I was allergic to these foods, and repeated blood tests appeared to confirm this. After reading Plant Paradox I wonder whether I am just reacting to the very high lectin content in all but the egg whites. Certainly, after following an anti-lectin diet now for two months and taking Dr. Gundry’s Vital Reds and Primal Plants, I’ve lost 22lbs, stabilized my blood pressure and blood sugar, and have eliminated my chronic gas, bloating, and sinusitis! This is a must-read book if you are interested in leading a long and healthy life! But don’t just read the book, follow Dr. Gundry’s advice. I am also sending a copy to my state and federal legislators to encourage them to ban the contaminants that are poisoning Americans and bankrupting us with health care costs.
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  2. Tom G
    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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    Buy and Follow Dr. Gundry’s Superb Book!, May 13, 2017
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    This review is from: The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain (Kindle Edition)

    I was at an impasse. For a year and a half, I had been going to a gym working through an elliptical machine and 14 other resistance training machines to get in shape and lose weight. Stronger? Yes. Core strengthened, I stand taller and have much better upper body strength. But as to weight loss — no way. Exercise is valuable to your health but likely will not lead to significant weight loss unless you are grossly overweight. For the past five years including my recent year and a half in the gym, at about 6 feet 2 inches tall, I hung around 192 pounds, varying from 190 to 195.
    Over the past 30 years I have suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome – with all its gory effects, and recently it seemed to be getting worse. Mind you, we eat very carefully in our house – small portions, little pasta, no junk food, no pizza, no fried chicken or fried food or any kind, no canned goods, no ice cream or big desserts, no beer, no sodas or diet sodas. Red wine every night. Still I was overweight and couldn’t make my “beer gut” go away. Whatever I tried just didn’t work. Argghhh!!
    On top of that I was obsessed with food, and particularly with a nice dinner. At lunch, I’d be thinking about what was for dinner. Growing up, in my family, dinner was always the big meal, and a social occasion. I liked the conviviality and opportunity to exchange news and views during a meal.
    Over a year ago, I had given up a Classic Coke at lunch every day. This produced a noticeable improvement in my blood sugar, insulin, and A1c over the year as my cardiologist (and I!) were recently pleased to note.
    Finally, in desperation, I gave up a conventional lunch of a sandwich and switched to just a cup of soup for lunch. Result over two months: a weight loss of about two pounds. What could I do, if anything, next?
    It was about a month ago that I heard a lecture about the importance of our microbiome and how connected its health was to our fundamental health. In performing more research, I discovered and read Dr. Raphael Kellman’s book “The Microbiome Diet, and also listened to a video of Dr. Terry Wahls’. Finally, I hit the jackpot by discovering on YouTube Dr. Steven R. Gundry’s videos. I believe I watched all 29 of them – some repeatedly. Then, on the day it came out I received Dr. Gundry’s new book “The Plant Paradox”. I quickly read and yellow highlighted it. Then I read it again, finding things I had missed in my first reading. Then I even outlined the first half of the book to get a better top-down view of Dr. Gundry’s overall approach to his subject.
    What I found from reading Dr. Gundry’s book was that for years, despite the care with which I thought I selected my food I was eating all the wrong foods! Fifteen years ago, I gave up muffins and granola (mostly carbohydrates) for breakfast. I was so proud of myself for switching to one small piece of 7-grain toast with natural nutty peanut butter, a banana, and a glass of milk (in addition to coffee) for breakfast. I have enjoyed this breakfast for all those years only to discover from Dr. Gundry that the first four food items were foods that I shouldn’t be eating! Ditto for the BBQ-baked beans I had come to have with every dinner, not to mention the small helping each night of mustard potato salad that I had with my corn and grain-fed meat loaded with antibiotics! Ditto for all the Ibuprofen I had consumed over the years to quell back and foot pain.
    I am now a believer in Dr. Gundry’s diet and more important, the power of his scientifically documented medical knowledge and health recommendations. In his book, he tells you what foods to eat and what foods not to eat. But more important, he tells you the medical and scientific basis behind why to eat or not eat those foods.
    By Monday, May 7th, two days after my 75th birthday, I started Phase 1 of Dr. Gundry’s diet. On May 7th and 8th I sort of eased into his diet – starting with taking Dr. Gundry’s Vital Reds supplements. Let me tell you some results of following Dr. Gundry’s diet for just a short while. My starting weight May 7th AM was 189.4 pounds. On May 9th, I started in earnest his Phase 1 with his recommended purge and by following his advice rigorously. This morning, May 13th, I weighed 180.2 pounds – a loss of 9.2 pounds in six days! Finally, I had some positive and dramatic results. My goal over the next few months is to get to about 172 pounds, a weight that I was comfortable with for about 20 years a long time ago.
    In addition, even in this short amount of time, my IBS symptoms have lessened dramatically, my skin isn’t as dry, and I seem to be feeling pretty good! Let me tell you, the first few days aren’t easy. It is hard to change the way you think about food and eating. It’s hard to eat strange foods, no matter how good they are for you. Since most of Dr. Gundry’s food recommendations aren’t available at your local restaurants, you must prepare them at home. That’s a pain, probably…

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  3. Michael B.
    103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
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    Eye-opening nutrition book!, April 25, 2017
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    This review is from: The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain (Kindle Edition)
    I’ve followed Dr. Gundry for quite a while. He’s been a pioneer in the medical community for a long time. Saying his credentials are impressive is an understatement, to say the least:

    -Yale-educated
    -Almost 40 years of clinical experience
    -More pediatric heart surgeries than anyone else in the world
    -Personal medical advisor to a bunch of high-profile people like Dr. Oz and Tony Robbins
    -Inventor of some of the most widely used surgical devices in the world
    -Founder of two major nutrition clinics in Southern California

    His nutrition views are NOT mainstream, and they may seem counterintuitive at first glance… until you start looking at the research he presents. His main concern is specific plant proteins called lectins—which screw up signals in the body and trigger inflammation, disease, aging, etc.

    Lectins—in some form or another—are in everything. But the the “toxic” lectins are in plants that we didn’t eat until the Dawn of Agriculture, about 10,000 years ago. Stuff like wheat, beans, etc.

    The idea is that our digestive and immune systems haven’t evolved to handle these lectins (an evolutionary adaptation for humans takes about 30,000 years). As a result, we’re constantly triggering low-level immune activity and faulty hormone responses when we eat these foods.

    Gundry asserts that this is why chronic autoimmune and metabolic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity have become so common… not to mention neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. These disorders were virtually non-existent 10,000 years ago.

    And from what I’ve read so far, Gundry makes an incredibly compelling case in this book. Through his years of clinical experience, Gundry has collected multiple case studies of people making night-and-day changes in their health, weight, etc… primarily by cutting out certain lectins.

    Of course, there’s much more to Gundry’s diet than lectins… but it’s a major theme.

    Anyway, this book is insightful and well worth the read… and Gundry’s charming “bedside manner” writing style makes it a page turner! I definitely recommend it.

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