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Everything you need to know about The Plant Paradox Diet

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The plant paradox diet also named after the physician who found it, Gundry diet is a type of meal-plan whereby you avoid plant protein called lectins in certain vegetables. The goal of this diet is totally to avoid lectins and processed foods that contain them.

How did the plant paradox diet come to be?

Steven Gundry, M.D. a former heart surgeon published a book 2017, which dealt with “the hidden dangers in ‘healthy’ foods that can lead to disease and weight gain.” The book which was quickly accepted especially because Singer Kelly Clarkson, credited it as being responsible for her weight loss — typically preaches about how some healthy meals can lead to inflammation, and ultimately cause disease and weight gain.

 

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Why Gundry thinks lectins aren’t good for you

According to him, plants develop lectin as a form of protection from predators like man, insects and animal — When you take them, Gundry says your GI tract is disrupted, which invariably bacteria to enter into your immune system, causing “leaky gut” syndrome and inflammation

H also says that the ability of lectin to act like insulin to the hormone that transports glucose by your peripheral tissues (a.k.a. fat cells) for storage, also leads to weight gain.

Why lectins are bad for you

According to Dr Gundry, “A lectin is a type of protein that forces carbs (sugars, starches, and fibres) to clump together and even attach to certain cells in your body when you eat them.”  He says that it could obstruct the communication important cells which invariably results in inflammation and sometimes in symptoms like fatigue or forgetfulness.

It is important also to note that weight gain is a secondary benefit of sticking with a lectin-free diet because it primarily helps to reduce inflammation.

What you should eat instead, according to Dr Gundry

 

Oils

Olive oil
Coconut oil
Avocado oil
Sesame oil
Macadamia oil
Rice bran oil

 

Sweeteners

Stevia
Xylitol
Inulin
Erythritol
Monk fruit

 

Nuts and seeds

Macadamia
Walnuts
Pistachios
Pine nuts
Pecans
Chestnuts
Flaxseeds
Hemp seeds
Sesame seeds
Psyllium
Brazil nuts

 

Flours

Coconut flour
Almond flour
Hazelnut flour

 

Dairy

Milk
Cheese
Butter
Sour cream
Cream cheese

 

Fish and seafood

White fish
Salmon
Canned tuna
Shrimp
Crab
Lobster
Scallops
Calamari
Oysters
Mussels
Sardines
Anchovies
Fruit

Avocado
All berries

 

Vegetables

Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cauliflower
Bok Choi
Cabbage
Swiss chard
Arugula
Kale
Collard greens
Celery
Onion
Carrots
Artichoke
Beets
Okra
Asparagus
Spinach
Mesclun
Garlic
Romaine
Mushrooms

 

Poultry

Chicken
Turkey
Duck
Goose
Quail
Ostrich

 

Meat

Beef
Lamb
Pork
Elk
Bison
Venison

What you can’t eat on lectin-free diet

Pasta
Rice
Potatoes
Potato chips
Bread
Tortillas
Pastries
Cookies
Crackers
Cereal
Sugar
Agave
Splendid
Sweet n Low
Maltodextrin
Vegetables

Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Peas
Sugar snap peas
Bell peppers
Legumes
Green beans
Chickpeas
Zucchini
Soy
Tofu
Edamame

 

Oils

Soy oil
Grapeseed oil
Corn oil
Peanut oil
Safflower oil
Sunflower oil
Nuts and seeds

Pumpkin
Sunflower
Chia
Peanuts
Cashews
Fruits

Most fruits are off limits

 

Grains (including sprouted)

Whole grains
Oats
Quinoa
Rye
Bulgur

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A guide to getting started?

Just like any kind of eating plan, for it to be sustainable, you have to be sure it’s something you want to do. When that is sorted out, you have to draw out a meal plan then plan ahead. Consulting a registered dietitian will help you get fully on course and of course personal resolve to see that it works is not negotiable.

What other experts think of the lectin-free diet

According to some other experts, there are no research data to support claims that eating food that contains lectin foods will do your body harm you or promote weight gain. Rather there are more studies to show that eating food that are plant-based, are more beneficial for losing weight.

 

Is there any harm in avoiding foods with lectin?

Although a lectin-free diet stirs you away heavily processed foods full of artificial sugars and fat, it also takes you away from some healthy food such as vegetables and fruits — which makes your food options heavily limited.

Not necessarily unless you aggressively cut back on fibre due to restrictions on fruits, vegetables, and legumes,

Questions to ask yourself before embarking on  lectin-free diet aka the plant paradox diet

The major problem with most diets is that they are not sustainable. To be able to stick with a diet, in a way that you aren’t waiting for the day you will finally get off them, you have to be very true to yourself. Is this something I can do for the next couple of weeks and months?

 

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested

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The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr. Edu while sensitizing the residents of the area pointed out that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should go for test to know their status.

Also Read: Cross River Govt Issues Strong Warning To Biafra Agitators

She went on to emphasize the need for leaders within the communities to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centres have been established in both communities.

She also reiterated the need to strengthen the health system and promote health within the communities.

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PTF: Despite Presenting Negative COVID-19 Results, 40 Percent Of Passengers On A Single Int’l Flight Tested Positive

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The Federal Government has raised the alarm over COVID-19 test results being presented by international flights passenger.

Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, raised the alarm while appearing before a joint Senate committee on health and aviation.

Read Also: The Right Ways To Enlist Nurse Call System To Fight Covid-19

Ibrahim Oloriegbe, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations about COVID-19 test requirements.

Responding to the concern, Aliyu expressed that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for thereon arrival in Nigeria.

Aliyu said there was an instance in which 40 percent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results before boarding.

Speaking further, he justified the measure put in place for flight operations, while he also revealed that the validity period of test had been reduced to four days from the initial seven days to prevent repeat occurrences.

 

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