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

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HarperCollins, Apr 25, 2017 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
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"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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Wow, what an amazing book, my gut-issues are all but GONE, no more bloating, no more gas, my Lymes Disease/Adrenal Fatigue symptoms have almost disappeared and i've lost 5lbs in 2 weeks. I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with gut/G.I. issues.

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Dr. Gundry has been helping our family for over five years, and has indirectly helped other relatives and friends we've sent his books to. His is the only way of eating which has ever freed me from my addiction to bad carbohydrates like wheat products, chips, and sugar - after so many years of that and the health problems resulting from it, and failing with other diets, I'd pretty much decided that overeating was emotional in my case. But the information in The Plant Paradox turned things around for me very quickly. It's really true that if you stop eating the foods which both damage your gut lining and feed harmful gut bacteria - and instead nourish the beneficial gut bacteria which none of us can live without - then those awful cravings for junk food do disappear - and so anxiety about eating goes away also! A major increase in energy is just one benefit that most people experience. 


The Dietary Dilemma
The War Between Plants and Animals
Revamp Your Habits
Phase 2 Repair and Restore
Phase 3 Reap the Rewards
Sample Meal Plans
The Keto Plant Paradox Intensive Care Program
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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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