The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox

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

Book - 2017
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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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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

Kindle immersion read.
Skip the audio and go right for the copy, of which I highlighted much of.
For anyone suffering from leaky gut caused by chronic inflammation, food allergies, or an autoimmune disease, this book is for you.
Dr. Gundry describes in detail the causes mentioned above and how to remove them for better long-term health, offering a few recipes at the end.
Food is medicine, medicine is food, (depending on its source and how it is prepared.)

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zipread
Aug 28, 2018

The basic premise here is that plants protect themselves and their seed-offspring with a protein called lectins (think gluten) These can make you sick --- either short term or long term. These sicknesses ranging from sore tummy to a whole gamut of chronic conditions. And that's just the first half of the book. The second half tells us how to avoid these conditions by removing certain specific food from our diets. As MD Gundry would say: it's not what we should eat but what we shouldn't eat. Here's a brief outtake of what the good doctor says we shouldn't eat:pasta, rice, potatoes, peas, legumes, peanuts, tomatoes, cheese, corn. Well, you get the message.
The book includes lots of anecdotes illustrating the relationship between "cure" and his diet. Convincing? Enticing? You'll have to find out for yourself. But be warned, we've seen (fad) diets dome and go --- lots of them. As for me, it's not a diet I'll be following any time soon --- it seems all my favorite foods are bent on killing be. For the last 70 years they've failed miserably at accomplishing their goal.

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alexkane8
Jul 31, 2018

https://nutritionstudies.org/the-plant-paradox-by-steven-grundy-md-commentary/

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322824mb
Jul 10, 2018

this book is straight up fake science. He shows no real evidence for his outlandish claims and for his expensive product line. He even claims lectins are the cause of cancer, which there is some real research showing lectin protein may contribute to cellular protection from cancer.
The best I'd say about his anti-vegetable, anti-fruit, anti-legume diet is it might cause a placebo effect is true believers and it will remind us all that we should not eat raw pinto beans! (95% of
lectin toxin is removed from legumes when they are boiled for 30 minutes like your mom taught).

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reiyos
Mar 25, 2018

Feel better in 3 days and then better and betTER and BETTER!! Great book. It works!

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singidunum_25
Jan 22, 2018

Definitively read this book. Or even better, listen to it, because it is much easer to “digest” this newest and hottest diet on the market. I am confused and you will be too. Do your reasearch before you start any drastic change first.

And keep this quote on your mind:
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. “
Mark Twain

“Moderation in all things.” That is my mantra and I hope it’s yours too.
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/04/the-next-gluten/523686/

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Wattage
Jan 04, 2018

The pitfalls of food these days seem too numerous to contemplate, however this book is a sound read with information we should probably all be aware of.

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elliskirsch
Dec 21, 2017

Beware of any nutritional expert who claims to have unique knowledge, particularly when they sell supplements reinforcing their unique knowledge. See http://nutritionstudies.org/the-plant-paradox-by-steven-grundy-md-commentary/ for in depth analysis of claims in this book including deep diving into many of the specific footnotes showing they are not at all credible. Also see The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/04/the-next-gluten/523686/ This book is beyond a waste of time. For sound advice based on real world comparison of dietary and lifestyle practices of communities of ultra-longevity around the world, see The Blue Zones or any of its sequels.

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gaetanlion
Nov 26, 2017

Gundry is part of the low carb revolution, but he goes further. That is because he reduces or eliminates most animal proteins, especially meats. He indicates there is a strong negative correlation between health and the amount of animal protein people eat. Red meat is a trigger in aging, heart disease, and cancer. A diet low in any animal protein has been shown to extend life. He advances further criticisms of the Keto-, Atkins-, and Paleo-diets because of their heavy reliance on meat protein and fats.
Gundry starting point is the gut structure and its microbiome. He indicates this system has not changed in tens of thousands of years. The second key concept is our interaction with our environment. Plants, to defend themselves from predators emit lectins (toxic protein). The lectins penetrate the small intestine wall, when they should not be able to. Other large proteins do not. This causes “leaky gut” when substances can now cross the small intestine wall and triggers all our health problems, including: cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, auto immune disorder, diabetes, weight gains, etc.
Our current gut and microbiome structure was made to eat plants from our hunting and gathering days. And, we have not adapted to digesting the new plants with their lectins (that cause leaky gut) from the agricultural revolution. According to Gundry the Agricultural Revolution was only one of several “cataclysmic changes” in the human diet. Another one is the onset of the agribusiness revolution with processed GMO foods including omnipresent corn, corn syrup, and soy in our food supply. This includes the shift of our cattle being fed corn and soy instead of grass. So, when we eat cattle we eat GMO corn and soy packed with lectins and herbicides.
The mentioned agribusiness revolution and the “7 deadly disruptors” he mentions have contributed to our health deteriorating over the past decades (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.). The seven disruptors include:
1) Prevalent use of antibiotics in medicine, agribusiness to grow cattle, soaps and other products. This has caused bacteria resistant to antibiotics and contributed to the decimation of good bacteria within our microbiome;
2) Chronic use of NSAIDs. These were invented to substitute for aspirin which hurts the stomach. But, the NSAIDs attack the small intestine wall which facilitates toxic lectins passing through that wall;
3) Stomach-acid blockers (Zantac, Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix). These reduce stomach acids and allow bad bacteria to thrive.
Together, these disruptors have contributed to a decrease in good bacteria, increase in bad bacteria, increase in lectins passing through our gut wall, an increase in leaky gut and related diseases.
Throughout the book he gives nutrition recommendations on how to avoid toxic lectins, restore the health of your gut and its microbiome. He also discloses many success stories on how many of his patients reversed an amazing array of different chronic diseases they had not been able to resolve by any other means.

x___x Oct 11, 2017

I wasn't very impressed with this book, there are many on this topic 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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