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

By | April 20, 2019

“I read this book… it worked. My autoimmune disease is gone and I’m 37 pounds lighter in my pleather.” –Kelly Clarkson

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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3 Comments

Anonymous on 04/20/2019 at 14:04.

Interesting concept; painful to read The idea behind the book is intriguing and I’m going to try it for a few months.However, the book is PAINFUL to read. There are a few concepts that he covers over and over and over again using different levels of details and horrible examples. He compares your gut bacteria to a neighborhood, to animals, and other things that are too ridiculous to consider. It’s like he explains everything at the lowest possible level but also at a highly scientific level. 5 different ways and all…

Anonymous on 04/20/2019 at 14:05.

Minimal Evidence, Maximal self-promotion As a disciple of Denis Burkitt and a student of nutrition for nearly 5 decades, I was anxious to learn more about lectins. Unfortunately, Dr. Gundry’s book was disappointing, as he spent too much time on self-promotion and anecdote. He is so focused on his unproven theory that lectins create illness, he omits the vast research suggesting that lectins do many good things, including preventing human cancers. He acknowledges that our gut bacteria are critical for health, but encourages us to…

Anonymous on 04/20/2019 at 14:34.

Buy and Follow Dr. Gundry’s Superb Book! 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…

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