The Plant Paradox – Book Review

The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers In Healthy Foods That Cause Disease And Weight Gain by Steven R. Gundry, MD

If you keep abreast of the latest nutritional news and medicinal trends, then you’re probably aware that gluten – a protein found in wheat – causes widespread inflammation in the body. Today, Americans are spending billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But recently, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry has been raising a different question.

What if we’re missing the root of the problem?

In his eye-opening and trail-blazing book, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers In “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease And Weight Gain, Dr. 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 consider 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.

Lectins are everywhere and digesting them may be the reason so many people are suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, and neurodenegerative diseases – but Dr. Gundry has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients with these issues at his waitlist-only clinics in California, and he shares his clinically proven program in The Plant Paradox!

The Plant Paradox is a must-read book for anyone who is dealing with chronic health issues and is interested in improving their health through better nutrition. Along with cutting-edge information, Dr. Gundry provides us with a comprehensive program with guidelines, tips, meal plans and recipes for improving our health.

Here are a few simple hacks Dr. Gundry offers us to help us start avoiding lectins:

  • Peel your veggies. Since 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 their ripeness helps you 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.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The Plant Paradox – Book Trailer

About Steven R. Gundry, MD

Steven R. Gundry, MD

Steven R. Gundry, MD, FACS, FACC, is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder/director of The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.


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6 Responses to “The Plant Paradox – Book Review”

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  1. This information is completely new to me, as I’m sure it is to many other readers. I certainly have a lot to learn!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour – I’m glad to see that you rated this book so highly!

  2. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Wow. This book gives almost the exact opposite view we’ve heard for years. I’m sure it will stir up some converstaion.

  3. This book is truly a revelation. I have been baffled about my reaction to certain healthy plant foods so finding out that lectins may be the reason so many people are suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, and neurodenegerative diseases was very helpful. Thank you for sharing this with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

  4. This sounds so interesting. I loved the video watching & listening. I am saving this in Pinterest.


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