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The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain

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  • Plants use chemistry for self-defense against predators and pests. One of the plant kingdom’s self-defense systems is lectins — proteins that seek out and bind to certain sugar molecules on the surface of cells
  • Some — including wheat germ agglutinin found in wheat — bind to specific receptor sites on your intestinal mucosal cells and interfere with the absorption of nutrients across your intestinal wall
  • Lectins are strongly associated with autoimmune disorders of all kinds, primarily by triggering leaky gut

By Dr. Mercola

Are you eating a healthy, whole food diet yet still struggle with weight gain and health problems? Part of the problem might have to do with lectins. Dr. Steven Gundry, author of "The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in 'Healthy' Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain," makes a strong case for a lectin-free diet.


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