The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox

The Hidden Dangers in "healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain

Book - 2017
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"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 and heart surgeon 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."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062427137
006242713X
Call Number: 613.2 G9562p
Characteristics: xvi, 399 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Buehl, Olivia Bell - Author

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scissorsnglue Oct 11, 2017

I wasn't very impressed with this book, there are many that are better. The authors Sarah Ballantyne, Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt present their ideas far more coherently. However some of the basic premise holds true in my experience, that with some people their autoimmunity or inflammation does respond well to cutting back pretty hard on lectin load. For me my joints become so free moving and my skin so much less itchy. Nothing else has achieved that but the autoimmune protocol. Oh, and way better sleep occurs too!

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ScienceMommy
Sep 17, 2017

If you are thinking of reading this book --- you should see what Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.Org has to say about it. Here are quotes from his review:

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"let me guess: he sells a line of lectin-blocking supplements. And, what do you know? “Assist your body in the fight against lectins” for only $79.95 a month—that’s only like a thousand bucks a year—a bargain for “pleasant bathroom visits.” And then, of course, there’s ten other supplements. So, for only like eight or nine thousand dollars a year, you can lick those lectins. Oh, did I not mention his skin care line? “Firm + Sculpt” for an extra 120—all so much more affordable when you subscribe to his “VIP Club.”
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"First citation. Chapter 1,“Eating shellfish and egg yolks dramatically reduces total cholesterol.” What?! Egg yolks reduce cholesterol? What is this citation? This is the paper he cites. And, here it is. By now, you know how these studies go. How do you show a food decreases cholesterol? You remove so much meat, cheese, and eggs that overall your saturated fat falls—in this case, about 50%. If you cut saturated fat in half, of course cholesterol levels are going to drop. So, they got a drop in cholesterol removing meat, cheese, and egg yolks. Yet, that’s the paper he uses to support his statement “egg yolks dramatically reduce cholesterol.”"
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"I mean, that’s unbelievable. That’s the opposite of the truth. Add egg yolks to people’s diets, and their cholesterol goes up. I mean, how dare he say this? And, it’s not like some, you know, harmless foolishness like saying the Earth is flat or something. Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women—this can actually hurt people."
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"this was written by an M.D., which, if you’ve seen my medical school videos, you’ll know is effectively an anti-credential when it comes to writing diet books—basically advertising to the world that you’ve received likely little or no formal training in nutrition. Dr. Atkins was, after all, a cardiologist. But look; you want to give the benefit of the doubt. The problem is that it doesn’t even seem to pass the sniff test."
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You can read Dr. Greger's (who is not just an M.D. -- but actually has made it his life's work to read and analyze every English Language peer- reviewed human nutrition study he can get his hands on, for the past 20 years) full review at:
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https://nutritionfacts.org/video/dr-gundrys-the-plant-paradox-is-wrong/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=7f88bed549-RSS_VIDEO_WEEKLY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-7f88bed549-22120857&mc_cid=7f88bed549&mc_eid=949c07d9f4

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