The book and research done by Dr. Steven R. Gundry for The Plant Paradox discuses many of his findings on some hidden dangers in healthy foods and writes quite a bit about how:
- Lectins bind to carbohydrates and attach to cells that allow them to do harm, as part of the plant’s self-defense mechanism against pests. Unfortunately, some may also cause trouble in humans
- Many lectins are proinflammatory, immunotoxic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic. Certain lectins may also increase blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt endocrine function
- Among the most problematic lectin-containing foods are wheat and other seeds of the grass family, beans, soy and other legumes, and members of the nightshade family such as eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers
The link below will bring you to a PDF to read the Plant Paradox.
However you feel and whatever you think about The Plant Paradox be sure to check out the challenges made to the accuracy and facts of this publishing made and researched by Michael Gregor MD FACLM at NutritionFacts.org who has a strong argument stating :
- “legumes (beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils)—found to be perhaps the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people in countries around the world.”
- Plant-based diets in general, and legumes in particular, are a common thread among longevity Blue Zones around the world—the most lectin-lush food there is.
- “whole grain intake is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease,” the #1 killer of men and women; strokes, too; and total cancer; and mortality from all causes put together—meaning people who eat whole grains tend to live longer, and, get fewer “respiratory diseases, infectious diseases, diabetes, and all non-cardiovascular, non-cancer causes” to boot. You can find a transcript here at
Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox is Wrong or watch the video on here.
You be the judge based on the research you find. This particular post was created as a precaution about what we see on the web and how something so contrast in facts can persuade a viewer either way and that it takes more than reading a blog to make good choices for health and wellness questions. Blogs and websites are a small tool to help in the health choices you make. Doctors, educators, patients, family members, research at both professional and collegiate levels, case studies, trials, researched articles, book, and published findings are all tools for making right choices for health and wellness and as well as your individual needs.