The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox

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

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"From renowned cardiac surgeon Steven R. Gundry, MD, 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. In the deadly game of predator versus prey, an adult gazelle can outrun a hungry lioness, a sparrow can take flight when stalked by a cat, and a skunk can let loose a spray of noxious liquid to temporarily blind a fox. The stakes aren't always rigged against the prey. But when the prey is a plant, the poor thing is helpless, right? Wrong. Plants actually have an impressive array of defense tactics to protect themselves from predators of all shapes and sizes--including humans. Dr. Stephen Gundry explains that these defense strategies make the seemingly virtuous plants that we consume every day--fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds--far less "good for us" than we assume. Plants may use physical deterrents (think : the spine-tipped leaves of an artichoke or the hard outer coating of a seed) as well as chemical warfare to repel predators. One of the most common forms of plants' chemical defense system comes in the form of proteins called lectins. Found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of most plants, lectins act as smart bombs in the human body, causing toxic or inflammatory reactions that lead to serious conditions such as leaky gut, autoimmune disease, chronic digestive disorders, heart disease, and weight gain. In The Plant Paradox, Dr. Gundry outlines the health hazards posed by lectins as well as the ways we can avoid them. The main sources of lectins in the American diet include conventionally-raised dairy products, beans, and other legumes, wheat and grains, and specific vegetables and fruits. The simple (and daunting) fact is, lectins are everywhere. But in The Plant Paradox, Dr. Gundry provides simple hacks we easily can employ to avoid this insidious plant toxin, including : Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers are full of lectins--but most are contained in the skin and seeds. Simply peeling and de-seeding your favorite veggies makes them safer to consume. Plants want us to eat them when they're ripe to disperse their seeds! Eating fruit at the peak of ripeness--that means fresh, local, and seasonal--ensure that you will consume fewer lectins. Think "whole grains" are healthy? Think again. All of those grains and seeds with hard outer coatings are designed by nature to cause digestive distress--and are full of lectins. In fact, wheat contains one very famous lectin: gluten. With a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each; a step-by-step detox and eating plan; and easy 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062427137
006242713X
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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