The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Steven R. Gundry, Harper Wave, US $27.99, Pp 400, April 2017, ISBN 978-0062427137
Starting in the mid-1960s, we have seen a rampant rise in obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, asthma, allergies and sinus conditions, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. Not coincidentally, in the same period, there have been many seemingly imperceptible changes in our diet and in the personal care products we use.
In The Plant Paradox, Steven R. Gundry says that low carb, low fat, Paleo, low-glycemic and other diets have not helped and were unsustainable – or after initial success, the lost weight quickly crept back. Nor has running, speed walking, weight training, aerobics, Crossfit, yoga, core training, spinning , high-intensity interval training, or whichever exercise programs you have embarked upon banished those stubborn extra pounds. Gundry says that a significant part of the answer to the mystery of why our collective health has declined and our collective weight has risen so drastically in just a few decades – and it starts with plant proteins called lectins. Gluten is just one lectin among thousands. Lectins are found in almost all plants, as well as some other foods. In fact, lectins are present in the vast majority of foods in the current American diet, including meat, poultry and fish. Lectins level the playing field in the war between plants and animals. Plants protect themselves and their offspring from hungry insects by producing toxins, including lectins, in the plants’ seeds and other parts.
It turns out the same plant toxins that can kill or immobilize an insect can also silently destroy your health and insidiously impact your weight. While many plant foods are good for you, others have been regarded as “health foods” are actually to blame for making you sick and overweight. Another paradox is that small portions of some plants are good for you but large amounts are bad for you. While modifying your eating habits is a significant component of the program, Gundry will also recommend other changes such as eliminating certain over-the-counter drugs and personal care products. Gundry gives a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each; s step by step detox and eating plan, and lectin-free recipes.
The Plant Paradox is a unique and much-needed book for those who have not been able to lose weight and become healthier in spite of switching to generally known healthy foods. Gundry tells us that if you are not losing weight or regaining health in spite of eating healthy, it is because of certain plant proteins called lectins. Steven R. Gundry has prepared scrumptious and delicious recipes without plant proteins called lectins or with the minimum tolerable amount. If no diet plans including low carb, low fat, Paleo, low-glycemic plans have worked, this may well work. It teaches you a new way of eating vegetables and salads.