So many people pour their time, energy, and hard-earned cash into shake mixes, supplements, and specialty products. And they think this time and money is well spent because they’re making the “healthy” choice. But what if they’re wrong? What if those healthy choices aren’t ACTUALLY healthy at all? That’s why I created my eating program.
As it turns out, even “health” foods like fruit and vegetables can actually do your body harm.
Why? Plants don’t want to be eaten. They simply want to survive. One of the ways they defend themselves against hungry animals like us is by producing toxic chemical compounds – proteins known as lectins.
Maybe you’ve heard of gluten – it’s one of the best-known lectins around. But it’s not the only one. In fact, lots of the “healthy” foods we’ve been trained to eat for centuries contain dangerous lectins.
Foods high in lectins include:
- Certain vegetables, especially nightshades such as tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant
- Certain nuts and seeds including cashews, peanuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
- Beans and legumes
- A1 dairy products
- Grain-fed and farm-raised animal proteins
And when lectins invade our bodies, they can cause some serious inflammatory responses and other health issues, like leaky gut syndrome, weight gain, brain fog, and more.
So, how do we know what foods to consume and what to steer clear of?
Well, I’ve put together a couple of different tools to make it easier for you to stick to a lectin-free diet:
Dr. Gundry’s eating plan: Foods to eat and food to avoid on a lectin-free diet
This is the other tool I’ve created for you – all of the following items are safe on my lectin-free detox and eating plan.
Foods to eat everyday on a lectin-free diet
Avocados are full of amazing fatty acids that can help your skin’s natural oil barrier become more durable. This way your skin stays protected from dangers like the sun.1
Avocados have got a whopping 10.5 grams of fiber per cup plus lots of vitamin C, E, and potassium. And, they’re full of folate. Also, the good fats in avocados can help you maintain a healthy weight and even help support a healthy heart.2
Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, or Pistachios
Here’s a secret: Some “nuts” are really just seeds. Cashews, for instance are seeds and they’re also full of lectins. And peanuts are actually legumes. Of course, legumes are lectin bombs. So you’ve got to stay away from them.
But real nuts – like walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pistachios – can do great things for your health. In fact, nuts can help support heart health, a healthy blood pressure, and protect your system against inflammation.3
1 oz of Extra Dark Chocolate
And for fun (and better health) Dr. Gundry wants you to eat chocolate every day. Indulge in an ounce of extra dark chocolate as an afternoon snack.
The thing is, chocolate has got antioxidants and flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory properties.4 The real benefit lies in plant-derived cocoa, which is the main ingredient in commercial chocolate.5
Just make sure when you select your chocolate pleasure, you opt for the right bars – that means chocolate that’s 72% cacao… or more.
Dr. Gundry’s “YES” list (and the “NO” list)
Print this list out, and hang it on your fridge. Also, you can put a copy in your car for actual trips to the grocery store! This way, you’ll always remember your personal favorites.
You’ll find it nearly impossible to go astray when you’ve kicked all those lectin-filled foods to the curb and replaced them with this diverse selection of yummy YES foods.
Dr. Gundry’s “YES” and “NO” list compiled by Darlene Lindholm
The Lectin-Free Takeaway
Make an effort to say yes every day when you crave avocado, YES nuts, and even dark chocolate.