I would like to do a review of The Plant Paradox by Dr Steven Gundry. It is one of the most interesting diet books I have ever read. Dr Gundry’s book revolves around one topic, the chemical compounds known as lectins. These are compounds that plants produce to protect themselves from predators. Some of these lectins even will paralyze insects. Dr Gundry sites these compounds as the reason for inflammation and health issues. The main tenant of the book is the this:
The elimination/massive reduction of lectins in the diet. Those are in most plants and thus you can eliminate/reduce by pressure cooking or removing certain food items for you diet. One main group that was shocking to me was plants in the nightshade family which include tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, goji berries, and many more. He also discusses wheat( gluten is a lectin), beans, peanuts and cashews as items that are lectin containing as well.
While some lectins don’t seem to cause issues the ones he outlines are sited as the problem. In addition to inflammation, he discusses another health issue called leaky gut syndrome where molecules cause holes in the intestine and that causes issues inside. Dr Gundry also speaks about the dangers of sugar consumption(including sugar from fruit!) and how it increases bad bacteria growth in your gut. The development and maintenance of a healthy microbiome is another main point Dr Gundry speaks about.
All of the diet’s foods are in place to develop your microbiome. As a quick aside the microbiome is definitely an area that is getting more attention in the health community and I would like to suggest you do your research on the microbiome. It is much more important that you realize. Dr Gundry’s diet is based on health fats and vegetables with fasting. He also has a place for meat, dairy products for Europe(due to grain feeding practices of the cows), wine, nuts, some red meat, in season fruit, fish, and finally resistant starches. He emphasizes that it isn’t about what you eat but what you dont eat. I have found this diet to be very interesting and I did have some good results.
I would definitely give this book a read but as always consult your physician and do your research prior to starting this or any diet. It is most definitely the most extreme diet I have seen but Dr Gundry seems to have sound points based on research I have done. This is the last diet book I will pull ideas from to build my diet program. Hope this helps and have a great one!
The Plant Paradox: