The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry

The Plant Paradox

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 ...

Details The Plant Paradox

TitleThe Plant Paradox
Release DateApr 25th, 2017
PublisherHarper Wave
GenreHealth, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Nutrition, Science, Self Help, Diets, Audiobook, Cooking, Medical

Reviews The Plant Paradox

  • Eric Farr
    To put it generously, I am not the intended audience for a book like this, and I would not normally seek out, let alone read, a diet book. Nonetheless, someone whose opinion and educated intellect I deeply respect recommended the book to me, and so I read it.This book was, at the very least, easy to read, condensing scientific (and pseudo-scientific) terms and concepts into easily digestible chunks with cutesy analogies. Of course, for a fad diet...
  • Mischenko
    I'm always leary after reading books like this, because by the time you're done reading it there really isn't much left to eat. I found some of it interesting, but still unsure of the 'lectin' scare. I won't stop eating whole foods like tomatoes and potatoes which don't seem to be a problem for me anyway. This diet is very different from Medical Medium's protocols, and who doesn't love fruit all year round? Fruit is something I can't live without...
  • Elyse Walters
    A book could be written on "The Plant Paradox" -- so much so -- I have put off writing anything. "The Human Microbiome" and how it works --and a diet for 'gut' health -- (related to other diseases --such as heart disease is a 'big' buzz topic in health these days) - Gundry is a Cardiologist -- and while he may have had success with many patients suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, heart disease, and neurodegenerativ...
  • Grace
    As a scientist, the claims presented in this book struck me as over-confident. Science almost never gives clear cut, black and white answers, and dietary science is certainly no exception.
  • William Lawrence
    This is a book that will find you at the doctor's office with a host of problems. I can't believe a medical doctor with a Yale degree can actually go out there and say these things and still sleep at night. Despite being professionally packaged by a big publisher, this book is simply a cheap TV infomercial in print. A simple Google search reveals all the refutations and links to real studies. Gundry's claims were a conference presentation, not a ...
  • She
    Not a big fan. The diet seems incredibly difficult to maintain. Plus, I think there's some contradicting information. He states that research shows that the longest living people are vegans, followed by vegetarians, and so on. Yet he says all of these fruits and vegetables are so bad for you. Well, those are the foods those vegans are eating! There were a couple of interesting things that I took away from this book, but it's incredibly wordy and ...
  • Kasper Karup
    One of the most pretentious books I have ever read. The author seems to have no scientific self-criticism. His word are (his) truth and the ONLY truth. That's the feeling I get when reading. He talks down other diets and presents what now seem to me to be unsubstantiated evidence. Just search the internet for reviews of the book, there are really good ones, totally disecting his so-called 'scientific studies'. Many of the studies don't even conce...
  • rivka
    Current seems-scientific-but-is-really-crap du jour. Oh, and the author sells expensive supplements, but I'm sure that's just a coincidence!
  • Laura
    I thought this was going to contain some interesting history on the interactions between humans and foods, maybe some fun botany facts -- and it did, for about 50 pages. Thereafter, I found it to be a self-congratulating, Santa Barbara-style food fad book. I pretty much gave up after seeing the phrase, "My good friend, Tony Robbins" twice in 20 pages. Stop. Just stop. People. Eat food that isn't processed, and try to keep it local and organic. Co...
  • Crescentm
    This was a very interesting read and the science was very enlightening. i however found a lot of inconsistencies. For example he cites that billions of Asians eat rice and have no significant levels of obesity and diseases yet his diet categorically excludes rice with no real explanation why. Also he offers no real advice of how to ease in and maintain his extremely restrictive diet. This is very off-putting. I will definitely take some of his ad...
  • Nancy Freund
    Hard to rate this book, but it won't be hard to explain why. In terms of thought-provocation, I'd have given it a five. I think it's very possible (maybe even very likely) that the medical information here is true. Dr. Gundry's background and research do qualify him to know what he's talking about. There is no doubt that Western culture has a huge problem, and we've probably brought it on ourselves with diet and lifestyle. If feeding our food-ani...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Not sure how to review this since I haven't made any of the recipes before but the content of the book was insightful and does make you question everything we are not putting into our bodies that didn't exist even 60 years ago.
  • Mehrsa
    I was ready to be convinced and I sort of was early on--I know that plants have toxins that protect themselves and I do think we've moved far from the diet we were evolved to eat. But then the book falls into hucksterism. He stops acting like a doctor and a scientist and his sources are bad. I did just a little bit of research and it seems like he's wildly mischaracterizing his studies. It's too bad. I think everyone is looking for a magic bullet...
  • Robert
    Impressive and convincing book. Dr. Gundry revisits his earlier diet recommendations but this time he does so based on some convincing biochemistry research. His work with thousands of patients over decades has validated his food recommendations but this recent book adds the information about the actual biochemistry underlying his recommendations. His earlier book relied on a "Paleo" argument which I found less convincing than the material in thi...
  • Liaken
    I had high hopes for this book, but my how they were dashed. The author is reckless with his use of research to the point that it was a crap shoot every time I followed up on any of his citations, whether they would actually support/relate to what he was saying, or not. (And he committed a cardinal sin of citing an abstract with incomplete data that was not accurately portrayed ... yeah, didn't even bother to go into the article to do proper rese...
  • Jathan Fink
    Weve all heard the saying, you are what you eat. But in the era of Genetically Modified Organisms, this maxim can produce a lot of anxiety. Thats why world-renowned heart surgeon Steven R. Gundry, MD has written The Plant Paradox. Here he helps us navigate the world of food so we can eat better and live longer. Dr. Gundry enlightens us with new thoughts about food consumption so we dont bloat minutes after eating. Like so many Americans, I try to...
  • David
    As I started to read this book, it's formulaic approach made me immediately suspicious: an introduction claiming a solution to all your problems.He then goes on to state "scientific" evidence for his case. The problem is, many of his sources are bogus: web sites, non-peer reviewed journals, etc. There is an entire pinterest site dedicated to researching his sources. Quite simply, the data isn't there.As I continued to do research, I learned from ...
  • Kaley Ide
    I enjoyed reading this book. I definitely learned a lot and have some great takeaways for myself, but I also remain skeptical about some of Dr. Gundry's recommendations. He shares very convicing scientific research and success stories, yet his program seems to be most successful for people suffering from serious health issues and autoimmune diseases. What I remain uncertain on is whether or not it's the best dietary approach for everyone. I would...
  • Heather Hollick
    I have been waiting for this book for a long time. For as long as I can remember, I have had an intuitive sense that the micro biome in and on our bodies is intricately related to our health. The Plant Paradox finally articulates that connection with clarity and conviction. I will begin changing my diet and my habits immediately. Stay tuned for progress.
  • Stefanie Sage
    While Dr Gundry is fully convinced his new way of eating is superior to all other nutritionists discoveries, I remain a bit skeptical. The book is quite repetitive and I found it to be more of an infomercial for him than I would've liked. Still his plant based recommendations shouldn't be totally ignored and I agree that the nightshade veggies do pose challenges for some. It really is just another diet book to add to the hundreds that have gone b...
  • Linden
    Dr. Gundry discusses lectins, which are present in many foods and which he says are responsible for a plethora of health problems. I was surprised by his assessment of foods which we think of as "healthful," and believe the book would be especially interesting to people with autoimmune disorders.
  • Craig Clemens
    Fascinating, I watch his videos and stopped eating a few of the foods he suggests (nuts, tomatoes and peppers) and am having better digestion and energy. Excited to read the rest of the book
  • Jennifer
    This is one of the worst diet/WOE (way of eating) books I have ever read. Food and eating DO NOT need to be as complicated as Gundry makes them out to be.As far as the writing goes, I hated it. The author starts off in his preface by telling readers that we are not at fault for our health problems. 😒 How validating. It's just what every reader wants to hear. The blame rests with someone else, not him/herself. The author then goes on to qualify...
  • Iona Stewart
    The author presents us with so many facts and ideas that Im not really able to outline this book at all adequately. But his main point seems to be that what we generally regard as healthy foods, including fruit and vegetables, contain things called lectins that are harmful to us.These lectins seem to be contained in practically everything healthy, and in practically everything I eat and live on, and my diet is extremely limited to begin with.If w...
  • David
    This is one of the worst nutrition books ever published. It is is written by a doctor who sells dietary supplements. His advice is exactly the opposite of the truth.
  • Ricki Treleaven
    I have read many health and diet-related books over the years, but never one like The Plant Paradox. Dr. Gundry combines history, chemistry, and biology to explain why and how certain plants were never meant for us to eat. However, don't let this dissuade you from reading the book because it does not read like a dry, academic journal piece. I also think it's important that his research has been peer reviewed, and his endnotes are extensive. Much ...
  • Just Commonly
    The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven R. Gundry focuses on "The Hidden Dangers in 'Healthy' Foods that Cause Disease and Weight Gain." It is quite an interesting concept, and I do see the logic in many of Dr. Gundy's claims which are backed by scientific research, as noted in the notes section. I like the fact that it includes sample meal plans and recipes for those ready to try Dr. Gundy's plans. Since I have not tried it myself, nor am I an expert, I...
  • Leanna
    I started this book and have gone back to finish it several times and I just can't. I was, at first, very dismayed to learn that there are a bunch of grains, fruits and beans that have lectins in them and that lectins are supposedly bad for humans, so that made me quit reading it for a moment. I bought into the logic the author was using and I gave him some credibility for being a medical doctor, but then I decided to watch an ad of his and I imm...
  • Boddhi
    Beans and tomatoes are bad. Prosciutto and pork are good. This book is based on a mix of pseudoscientific claims and good science. The result is a mishmash of dangerous diet recommendations mixed with a sprinkle of good science-based insights into healthy eating.