All About Lectins: A review of The Plant Paradox

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Have you ever heard of lectins? These little anti-nutrients in certain foods can wreak havoc on your gut, creating inflammation and an over-reactive immune system. Dr. Stephen Gundry wrote a book all about them called The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods that Cause Disease and Weight Gain.

Now, I don’t often do book reviews, but I’ve had so many clients reach out to me in a panic about The Plant Paradox that I figured this was worth a read and wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. In this week’s video, I share my thoughts on this book, explain the basics of why and how lectins affect your health, and help you determine if this diet is an appropriate one for you.

Buy the Plant Paradox here.

Do you have more questions about how lectins affect your health and whether this diet is one you should try? Ask them in the comments below.

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  1. Cindy

    August 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Thank you for that review, very helpful.
    Other books you may want to check out: The Big Fat Surprise, Nina Teicholz, Genius Foods, Max Lugavere, Deep Nutrition, Catherine Shanahan.
    These people were all featured in the Series: The Real Skinny on Fat with Naomi Whittel that was very good.

    • Margaret Floyd

      August 7, 2018 at 9:33 am

      I know several of those well. Thank you for the recommendations, Cindy!

  2. Liz Morgan

    August 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks Margaret! I really appreciate this discussion. Soooo many more books I would love to see you review!

    • Margaret Floyd

      August 7, 2018 at 9:34 am

      So glad it was helfpul, Liz. Let me know if there are any in particular you’d like me to do. It takes me a bit of time, but I’m happy to dive in.

  3. Alex

    August 6, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I still choose to enjoy grains and legumes and reduce the lectins naturally through soaking, sprouting, cooking, and fermentation. Guess everyone’s belly is different 🙂

    A bonus tip from my traditional cuisine to remove lectins and prevent bloating: when cooking beans, throw away the first water after 30 mins, refill and keep cooking as usual.

    • Margaret Floyd

      August 7, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Alex, those are absolutely valid ways to reduce the impact of lectins on the gut – I agree with you completely and that’s how I’ve always handled it, and even Dr. Gundry would say that once the gut has healed, this is a very good approach. Great tip on the bean water. Thank you! 🙂

      • Alex

        August 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm

        The pleasure is mine! 🙂

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