From renowned cardiac surgeon Steven R. Gundry, MD, the New York Times bestselling The Plant Paradox is a revolutionary look at the hidden compounds in "healthy" foods like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains that are causing us to gain weight and develop chronic disease.
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.
Life changing for better health
Can’t say enough about the health benefits of this book and how easy the recipes are. But, as a Native American I have to point out we are not desecendents from China. There have been several studies suggesting such but they are always successfully refuted.
Results may vary
This is a book about food lectins, a possible health compromiser ignored by dieticians and nutritionists. Lectins are not a new discovery. They have been studied and exploited for over 100 years. These cellular proteins behave as glues, sometimes attaching themselves to your cells and causing an immune response. That is the message of this book. The message itself is not new either. It was the premise of Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s blood type diet and book, Eat Right For Your Blood Type (Pub. 1996).
I was made aware of lectins by my doctor. Avoiding suspect foods reduced the severity and occurrence of chronic symptoms that were impacting my quality of life: brain fog, bloating, unexplained hand tremors. Most of the suspect foods, like cashews or bread, were favorite foods; therefore, I ate them frequently. If I overindulge in them again, the symptoms return.
I bought this book to see if anything new was learned about lectins. Dr. Gundry does a better job of explaining the concept than Dr. D’Adamo; however, his prescription is myopic. It is a one-size-fits-all solution. Such solutions have limited efficacy in reality. For every person that benefits from his specific advice, one or more persons won’t. Modern genetics is realizing the unique health advantages and disadvantages individuals possess because of their genes. The concepts of individualized medicine and diet are explaining the diverse results seen in studies and practice. Dr. D’Adamo’s prescription considered this. Although his advice was based on blood types, he currently admits that there are other genetic differentiators at play.
Buy this book if you want a good primer on lectins and how they can impact your body, but don’t assume its advice applies to you personally. Experiment.
Outstanding, simply outstanding!
Far and away the best book I have ever read on understanding food! I bought 2 more copies as gifts and will be buying more. I lost 6 lbs in the first week and feel like my energy is going through the roof. READ THIS BOOK, DO IT!!!