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, including:
- Vegetables (especially nightshades)
- Beans and legumes
- Traditional 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? Below I’ve listed PRINTABLE versions of the “Yes” and “No” Lists.
THE “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.
SHOPPING LIST (PRINT FRIENDLY PDF)
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.
Is Kefir from A2, unpasteurized milk from Ontario, Canada, okay to drink? These cows are treated so well, fields are sprinkled with necessary extra minerals and it gets into the milk.
i am wondering the same thing
I thought unpasteurized dairy was illegal in Canada? If you have access to it, then congratulations, that’s a very beneficial food you have your hands on.
Natures Fare, in Canada, has unpasteurized milk.
No, they don’t. Sadly, unpasteurized milk is illegal in Canada, so your kefir is pasteurized. We need people to get Canadian politicians to change this ridiculous law. Unpasteurized dairy is extremely healthy; pasteurized dairy is not.
Unfortunately no dairy is healthy, not for humans. It was meant for the baby cow, so he’she can grow up to three pounds a day. Full of hormones for the baby cow, not for us. Please do some research. You’ll be healthier.
We have to acknowledge that for some reason, many humans live longer (into their 90s), since consuming cows milk. I personally, don’t like cows milk… but we can’t reach the conclusion that it’s only beneficial for calves when the statistics speak for themselves. Humans are living longer. Elderly in Australia who drink at least 2 cups of cows milk per day are living close to 100. A 94 year old lady who was riddled with cancer (in her bones), was told that her high milk intake was the reason why she battled/lived with her aggressive cancer so long. Her bones were incredibly strong considering her horrific diagnosis. And most people/youth who are vegans, have serious deficiencies. We still have so much to learn… it’s an ongoing battle 😕 Gut health seems to be the key…. but it’s scary not knowing 100% what the best diet is. I hate the way cows are treated. It breaks my heart. But I’m also terrified to deny my child the calcium intake that is deemed ‘essential’ by paediatricians and dieticians.
You are right Scott.
Some of my family members that live in the country side in Morocco they drink unpasteurized milk and kefir and eat natural butter and produce. They are healthy.
You can purchase a cow with likeminded people and legally obtain unpasteurized milk that way. Not sure exactly how it works but my grandmother told me a little about it a few years ago.
Hi there, can you tell me if you can get that brand in Calgary? TY! (Nature’s Fare unpasteurized milk, as I totally know it is illegal in Canada to have raw milk, so this stumps me!).
Milk is also full of blood. The really bloody milk is used as store bought chocolate milk to hide the awful color
It is illegal in Canada. Zero access to unpasteurized dairy up here (except for unpasteurized cheese). Sadly, unpasteurized milk is illegal in Canada, so all the kefir is pasteurized. We need people to get Canadian politicians to change this ridiculous law. Unpasteurized dairy is extremely healthy; pasteurized dairy is not.
Hi! Unpasteurized dairy is, also, “illegal” in Oklahoma “to sell in retail markets.” You may be able to purchase from an individual source. Check local farmer’s markets…even offering to “trade-out” services for product.
It’s illegal to purchase raw milk from individual sellers in Canada and can get the seller in more trouble than if they were selling pot. You can’t trade for it, you can’t have it given to you. The only way to have raw milk in Canada is to produce your own milk.
It is indeed illegal to give or sell unpasteurized milk in Canada (I guess), in Quebec for sure. HOWEVER, I believe it legal to TRANSFORM raw milk into cheese (for sure) and yogourt (I think).
movingmeadows.com for raw milk in Ontario
Read my book titled: don’t follow the herd: written by: m. davey. You will quickly learn what foods to eat for a healthy life and what and why certain foods cause diseases.
Humans seem to think they can eat anything and get away with it. Well we can’t. Animals, on the other hand, eat what they are supposed to eat unless there is human intervention.
Any diet that tells you not to eat brown rice and sunflower seeds but tells you to eat lobster and goat’s milk can kiss my ass.
I wholeheartedly agree with you, Michael McCurdy.
where can I get kefir you mentioned in Montreal? Is there a specific brand?
This diet is unscientific nonsense.
Funny how I managed to get rid of all my allergies following this diet then !!
Right! funny how my joints do not hurt anymore and my indigestion/heartburn is totally gone! have more energy! right but it’s unscientific. why are you even on the site if you think that? hmmmmmmmmm
Yeah, and funny how as a 58-year-old who runs 18 minute 5k’s, going grainless means that in one month I have fixed a swollen, sore and stiff big toe joint (bunyan) that had deteriorated for 3 years, an infected tooth (failed root canal) has stopped blistering, my calves have no knots (on roller massager), all my joints are more free and my recovery is about twice as quick (so I can run 6 days a week now). Having been an athlete (mostly cycling) all my adult life (to national level), it is not like I haven’t tried pretty much every diet ever invented. Grainless works the best, and Guntry is based on a grainless diet with a few additions like nightshade avoidance. But I like simple, and grainless is dead simple.
I have had IBS for 30 years and tried every diet you could name( and many you could not) over the years. At least 6 different Gastro-enterologists in 3 provinces, have done little and neither have the 4 or 5 Naturopaths I have seen( not to mention GP’s, dieticians and herbalists). I have spent thousands on supplements, pills, potions, massage, accu-puncture, colonics, books and appointments. In less than 2 months on this diet, I have improved a lot. So say what you will, it has helped me and I plan to continue on it. Besides science doesn’t know everything as it is “practised” by fallible human beings. Thanks.
Note, what may also be missing besides Lectins with this diet is GLUTEN. Being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2003 was a miracle for me. If your Acupuncturist targets your stomach and you get sicker than ever, it might be a clue.
Though allowed on a gluten free diet, I do notice issues with corn as well. Anyone with IBS should consider a gluten free diet, for 2 solid weeks. Microscopic Cross-contamination is real, and symptoms can result for up to 2 weeks. Remember your skin is an organ; do not touch glutenous foods. Also Stevia in leaf or powder form causes nausea, HA and myalgia for me, as do artificial sweeteners.
Vital Reds did originally (not sure if it still does)have stevia, so I could not tolerate that product. I received a full refund. This diet seems a good adjunct to my gluten free diet.
I don’t know. My sisters immune system has improved drastically, she has way more energy, no joint pain and she even lost 20 pounds. All while not depriving herself (she’s had zero cravings). I’m starting it soon and am hoping for similar results.
Gluten is bad for everybody! But squash? I don’t get why squash isn’t good.
@Camilla And yet, he’s an award winning cardio-thoracic that graduated from Yale, and your medical degree was from where again?
I am not overweight cami still take this product?
Sadly, unpasteurized milk is illegal in Canada, so your kefir is pasteurized. We need people to get Canadian politicians to change this ridiculous law. Unpasteurized dairy is extremely healthy; pasteurized dairy is not.
You can cross the border and purchase raw milk from a US farm. Canadians are allowed to bring back 10 litres per person. Don’t forget your cooler!
Basically we can’t eat hardly anything at all. The no list is pretty much everything we normally eat. F it i’ll stay with my leaky gut & die happy.
Ray, please take a careful look at the Yes List! There are lots of nutritious food on the Yes List! Try them and you will be amazed how healthy you feel!
PP lifestyle prevents or reduce the risk of diseases and you will live and die happy.
Ray, sourdough bread and grain free pasta can still be an option. Otherwise don’t eat the junk food in the center aisles of the grocery store.
Thats the spirit
Funny, I am running 60km and cycling 200km every week without any grains. I think you are kidding yourself about your energy needs. And yes, the western diet is stuffed. You can’t half tell by looking around at people…
Yeah you must be really HAPPY with your diet, you’re just on this web page reading through comments about lectin-free food by sheer accident
Are squashes and pumpkins OK if 1.No seeds or skin are eaten, and 2. They are pressure cooked, and 3. They are in season and local?
Did you resolve your question about peeled and seeded squash? i can understand summer squash that is typically eaten with seeds and skins, but winter squash is not eaten that way.
Doctor G has written also to avoid American squash… anyone know what that reference is about?
Squash and Pumpkin can be included on Phase 3 if pressure cooked, peeled and seeded. Pressure cooking decreases the lectins. It took awhile before I could tolerate them in small quantities. Once you enter Phase 3, try. If you feel ok, include them in moderation. -@LectinFreeLife on IG
There are so many scientifically-proven anti carcinogenic benefits from eating sprouts, like broccoli sprouts, 10-100 times more powerful than eating broccoli. Are you saying that sprouts are off the list?
I live in Canada and have access to A2 raw milk it’s nutrients are so dense and amazing!!! I use it mostly to make Keifer and yogurt and it has helped my gut tremendously. You can get access to it from some out of the box farmers who have found ways to sell it without it being illegal!
What if you have high triglycerides and can’t have fat?
If you’ve found A2 kefir, it’s ok. Unpasteurized milk,no matter how it’s treated, still is A1 so it’s on the no list. Gundry says Jersey cow milk contains both A1 and Q2. I’m in Australia and can get A2 milk in all supermarkets. Never seen A2 kefir. A2 ice cream and yogurt used to be available, but the 2 major supermarkets wouldn’t stock it anymore, so the A2 milk company had to stop making it.They told me they have no idea why this decision was made, because sales were good. Gundry says the dairy industry in the US is trying to stop A2 milk availability.
Read the Plant Paradox book. Not once but many times. Take notes on info pertaining to your needs. Print the yes list. If the food is not on the list don’t eat it. Get all lectin foods out of the house.
Get the cooks books and use your pressure cooker. Stay in each phase as long as is necessary to help heal your specific problems.
I have MCS, Graves now hypothyroid, Osteoarthritis, leaky gut and severe food allergies. Also I am over weight or should I say was.
I have almost no symptoms of any of the above anymore and I have lost appropriate weight.
I have read his book many times and religiously follow his diet. I can eat some phase 3 foods but not all.
Research food sources look for new products Sources on the list. Learn to cook batch foods and never look back.
Keep up to date and listen to Dr. G’s podcasts.
I now take no meds. Except natural thyroid. I ditched all my stomach remedies as I don’t need them. I am almost pain free.
I have tried almost every diet and cure out there. Seen more Doctors than I care to remember.
Folks this is it. It’s your life.
Are lupini beans a no?
Did anyone else notice that he slipped in a Psuedo in the flours and grain section? Almost like he knew in his heart that this was pseudo-science but still wanted to sell you things anyway.
Quinoa and some others are called “pseudo grains.” That’s it.
Kefir from A2 dairy is compliant on Phase 3 with other A2 dairy products.
While most people in developed countries take it for granted, raw milk has caused many deaths worldwide. Even through my travels and work in Central America the poor heat their milk bc they have experienced and seen people get sick/die. There is a reason.
Thank you very helpful i like your food paradox books I have 1 it’s great
I’ve been adhering to the blood-type protocol by Dr. Peter D’Adamo and believe in it merits (Dr. Gundry has mentioned his work). Do I continue to eliminate those items though they appear on Dr. Gundry’s list?
Where does almonds/almond milk fall?
I wasn’t sure I would like kefir, but I do. I bought Liberte from Quebec and it is made from A2 milk, but i don’t think that means it is pasteurized? Looking at the yes no lists though kefir is listed in the no list. Too bad, because I’ve had it settle my stomach before.
hello, is this where i am able to ask questions and recv. accurate, knowledgable answers to them from persons using this wonderful, helpful food plan lifestyle? I’ve lost over 50 pounds on this, still have 50 to shed. please direct me??!!!! thank you
Thank you so much for providing this!
I startedthe challenge 7 days ago nd found it easy though I’m hanging out for toast nd jam.i have lost 2.5 kl but im not doing it to lose weight but see if it helps my pain from arthritis. So far no change, but i feel good. Finding similar useable brands of noodles etc in Australia is a challenge
ME TOO!!!!! I’M ALMOST PAIN FREE FIRST TIME IN YEARS!!!!!
yeah, I want to start this not to lose weight but to see if it helps my immune system etc similar to you..Here in Nz, there are not the options of likes of “miracle rice.”Its all an well to have the book and plan but one thing to have product availability however I need to do this asap because of its time for a change 🙂
Lynn Lucas has you arthritis pain gone away.
Is this product good as they advertise it
there are noodles available – slendier brand – made from konjac root in the health food isle at woolies. japchae korean sweet potato noodles in Asian food isle or from asian food stores
In which list the teff flour should be classed?
Hi – Did you get an answer to if teff flour is Gundry-approved? I am also wondering that.
I’ve been following Dr G for a while and I had the same question at one point, and in one of his books, or podcasts or SOMEWHERE (I can’t remember there’s so much!) I heard it is not a lectin-free food and to be avoided. Hope this helps.
P.S. I looked and found this on his site: “Grains like corn, rice, or teff contain various lectins like zein (the principal protein of corn), or oryzenin (the principal protein of rice). Not only that, they often include soy or other bean flours. These flours naturally contain those and other lectins. And again, sugar is often right at the top of gluten-free ingredient lists.”
Wow! I just purchased Dr. Gundry’s book and I can’t wait to start a life without lectins! And I’m considering ordering Vital Reds. I have a question though, in nuts is almond a “yes” or “no”? And honey as sweetener it’s a “yes” or “no”?
Blanched Almonds yes 🙂 Almonds with the brown skin- no
I just started this diet but have been indulging in almond butter. Do I need to start over with the 3-day cleanse since I was unwittingly cheating?
I’ve been eating almond butter… do I need to start the 3 day cleanse over ?
Dr. Gundry’s response is in a youtube video:
Sugar is terrible for our health 🙁
Thank You So Much Josh, for the link!!!!✌ My name is Beatrice and I’m from Timishoara, Roumania😊 I wish you all the best!!!👋
Ted is No
I am a physician diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer with metastasis to the liver. I would like to know which product Dr Gundry recommends me to purchase. I am interested in the Anti-lectin tablets and wonder if probiotics would be helpful. i undergo surgery on March 20th.
Dr. Torre, I will keep you in my prayers. 🙏 I hope your surgery is successful.
Dr. Burt Berkson claims to have cured cancer and regenerated the liver using alpha lipoic acid, selenium, and silimarin. Google his name and read about his work. He has a clinic in Las Cruces, NM.
god bless you
God Bless you I Hope all is well Marcia Torre, MD Cancer has no mercy. I hope with the prayers and well wishes, you are feeling better. live a long life and live to help others.
How is Dr. Torre?
Definitely get the pro and prebiotics. They are most important to everyone’s health and are the source of health.
Dear Dr Torre, I hope you pulled through. In the Plant Paradox, Dr Gundry recommends the Keto version to starve tumors of sugar, as that’s their main fuel source. I hope you reached out to him directly and received this info. For you and everyone else, I had a close friend pass away from pancreatic cancer a few years back. I scoured the web for supplements that help fight cancer. I’d also HIGHLY recommend a book by a brain cancer survivor called, “Surviving “Terminal” Cancer” by Neurologist Ben Williams, PhD. Oh BTW, Dr Williams was given 18 months to live AFTER surgery, but he’s still alive 25 YEARS later. Anyways here is my compendium:
4) Vit A/D/E/K
5) Broccoli sprouts (esp when paired with mustard seed- see Dr Mercola)
6) ANY fermented cruciferous vegetable such as turnip greens, turnips, radishes, radish greens, mustard greens, red cabbage
9) St John’s Wort
12) Doxycycline+Vit C
13) megeserol (stimulates appetite)
20) Devil’s claw root
21) turmeric (curcumin)
22) cats claw
Woooow. What a beautiful compendium! So will you share more information especially regarding amounts
I am on day 3 of Phase One. It’s working well, so far. I have been drinking GT’s Kombucha for the past 9 months as a digestive aid and because I like the taste. I’m dropping it for now, since you’ve got me going grain free and stools are already improved.
However, what’s your opinion on these fermented black and green teas?
I’m confused about whole cream and sour cream that is organic is okay, but it doesn’t matter if it’s from A1 or A2 cows? Is this right?
I have found President brand butter from France, and cheese from Switzerland, France and Italy is easy to find, but if I can buy sour cream or a carton of whole whipping cream that is knowingly from A1 North American cows, that would make life easier.
Thanks very much and keep up the good work,
Same ? here.
maybe something to do with the fact that it is fermented?
Whole cream is not fermented, but it is paseturized. Cream is produced by centrifuging incoming milk separating out the fat from the serum, and is standardized by fat content.
I like Greek yoghurt as sour cream, still sour. You can buy Greek yoghurt that is made in Germany using EU milk in Lidl.
Thank you Dr. Gundry Sincerely Richard Pesce. Friends for life.
Dr. Gundry mentions this every now and then, but I think the very high-fat dairies don’t have the problematic casein, so it does not matter if your high fat dairies come from the US. I’ve been eating organic sour cream, organic cream cheese, and high fat brie since I started 18 months ago and been fine.
Cream and sour cream should be free of the A1&A2 proteins. It’s mostly just fat.
I do not see almonds on either yes or no lists.
What’s the story?
I also don’t see almonds or eggs on either list. Please advise. Thanks
I watched some of his podcasts and in one of them he says no almonds. You can have almond flour though, if the almonds are skinned (I think it is called blanched or something like that).
You can eat Marcona Almonds. No skin on them
I just finished listening to a podcast he was on and he said you can eat eggs- more specifically said the amount of protein you should eat per day is equivalent to three eggs – as they were discussing that people are eating too much protein.
Almond flour is in the yes list. So i would guess almonds (raw) are ok.
Pastured or Omega 3 eggs are on page 4 of the yes list above in the Poultry section. 🙂
I don’t see eggs and almonds on the list
Dr. Gundry actually has a YouTube video where he encourages us to enjoy almonds where the skin is removed–preferably blanched almonds. So they are not completely off the table, we just have to be choosy in our selection. Happy eating!
Loved your books. I have been eating according to your plan for 4 weeks. Trying to convince everyone to try it
My gradaughter is 3 months. What would be the best way to introduce solids and which solids? Any recipes? How to raise kids eating this diet? What when they try the other food with sugar and lectin in school or with friends?
Can diabetes type 1 be reversed with this diet?
eggs are not off the table, it is mainly the type of eggs. Reg eggs bad, cage free or range free not so good. Pasture raised is the only ones that are truly good for you.
The answer is, yes, almonds are plant paradox compliant when eaten without the skin because, you guessed, almond skin is high in lectins. Almonds without skins are also called ‘blanched almonds’.Nov 2, 2018
Leigh, almonds can only be eaten if they are blanched – the brown skin is taken off.
I’m assuming almonds would be okay, since almond flour is on the list and I see some of the recipes have blanched almonds in them…
there are many FODMAPS that intersect on the YES list. Anybody have thoughts?
I used to have trouble with fodmap foods but after 6 months on the plant paradox I have been able to reintroduce most of them without a problem, including garlic and onion. Just need to cook veggies well and not overeat pistachios, dates, coconut and avocado. Definitely no raw kale.
I heard of the Plant Paradox diet quite by accident. I have fibromyalgia. I was sitting in my favorite saloon when a commercial came on for Lyrica. The barkeep asked me if I had ever tried it for treatment. I told her I had not because Medicare would not pay for it. A fellow sitting a few stools from me if I had ever heard of the diet. I had not. He told me that his mother went on it and found significant relief from her fibromyalgia. Tuesday, April 3rd 2018 at the age of 71, I started the diet. I simply down loaded the “Yes and no” shopping list. I weighed 278 pounds at 5′ 10″ the day I started. Today nearly a year later I weigh 213 pounds, 65 pounds lighter and still losing. I went from a size 44 waist to a 34. I was taking 5 prescription meds that were costing me $350.00 a month, out of pocket, for acid reflux, cholesterol, and breathing issues. I take none of them anymore. My doctors are ecstatic. It has been a life altering experience and, I did not conform to the alcohol guideline although I switched from beer to tequila on the rocks. Thank you Dr, Gundry. Thank you very much.
I have been on the diet for three weeks now and I have not lost any weight. I am becoming discourage that this is just another failed diet…. I think I have been following the meal plan accurately, but I would really like to talk with someone about it. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about powdered greens that have some fruit powder in it? Is this also off limits? Also, what about A2 milk that is not organic? Doesn’t that mean that the cows could have been fed grains? Which is better – grass fed A1 or non-organic A2?
I have that quandary too. I contacted the one company where I can find A2 milk. Theirs is not organic and they source what they say are healthy grain feed so it has to have corn and soy. And they did not say GMO free. I can get goat milk so that’s what I am going to do for recipes that a tad of milk would be good
I started on the Plant Paradox a year ago, I was 50 pounds overweight and could not lose it, even with doctors help, and even though I was on strict diets, ate organic everything, and worked out everyday. My stomach was bloated and I had digestive issues all the time, gluten was eliminated as a huge trigger, but still had issues. After being on plant paradox for a month, I lost 10 pounds, about 2-3 a week, and after 6 months, I had lost all 50 pounds! I was eating more than I had in years, my stomach stopped bloating and the digestive issues are almost totally gone. I miss the “healthy fruit” that I used to eat all the time, but I have it in season as a rare treat. I am so happy to have found Dr. Gundry’s diet, it has changed my life. I use coconut milk for everything, it is creamy and delicious, broke the whole cows milk issues. Babybel cheese is my go to, it is from France, creamy and satisfying. Feta from Greece is another good option, made from sheep’s milk. I also use cauliflower and flour from it for almost everything, rice, pizza crust (the best!!) in soups, stews as a thickener, etc. And if you are dying for noodles, there are sweet potatoe starch glass noodles (only 1 ingredient) that are amazingly good, I made swedish meatballs with those and everyone loves them. Unfortunately I am deathly allergic to tree nuts, so the whole nut flours etc is out for me, but I use coconut( not a nut) for everything.
Suzy – I love coconut everything. thanks for this!
Hi Suzy, if tomatoes are off the table, how do you make pizza? What do you do for the sauce? Is there a lectin-free tomato paste or sauce available on the market? thanks!
Italians make bianca pizza… whcih means with no tomato sauce. Spread mozzarella di buffala cheese and it will melt and cover your dough. Top with the usual ingredients. I like adding aragula after it is cooked.
Italians make bianca pizza… which means with no tomato sauce. Spread mozzarella di buffala cheese and it will melt and cover your dough. Top with the usual ingredients. I like adding aragula after it is cooked.
There is the simple pizza that Italians make. Not sure what it’s called but it has a light layer of olive oil as the base with slices of fresh mozzarella and basil. Basically a Margharita with the tomato sauce replaced with olive oil.
Kim Perry, Look for Italian Passata at your grocery store. I find it’s readily available at our store called Valli Produce but, is still available at our regular grocery. It is made without skins or seeds.
Thank you! I crave tomatoes and can’t imagine living without them!
I use pesto instead. You can make your own tomato sauce, but you will need to pressure cook the tomatoes.
If you buy organic tomatoes, canned or fresh, remove seeds and skin you can makes sauce from them. This sauce recipe requires no cooking. Prepare your tomatoes (if you will have to Blanche to easily peel and de-seed). To the tomatoes add 2 big tablespoons s of organic EVOO. One tablespoon oregano and a teaspoon of sea salt. Stir and let sit if using ‘now’ or refrigerate in glass bowl for up to 5 days. Enjoy. Credit to Nancy Silverman
I have read your books and have learned so much. Thank you! I started on your diet. I am trying to convince all my grownup kids and my siblings try this diet. Right now I am taking care of my granddaughter who is 3 months. She is breat fed fulltime. What should the baby have when they introduce the solids and how do you raise the kids in this diet?
If you have type 1 diabetes could you get cured if u follow this diet? Can it fix your autoinmunity problem in the pancreas?
autoimmunity in the pancreas?
Unfortunately you can’t cure type 1 diabetes because the damage to the pancreas by the immune system has already been done. It’s acute rather than chronic.
That said, T1 diabetics have an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases so this might help you to avoid developing them.
What about almonds?
I have dried organic figs in a bag. Product of Turkey. Would that be on your Yes or No List?
I just wanted to know is anyone losing weight???
Yes, I lost 35lbs. in 4 months.
I’ve followed it as best as I could with buisy schedule while and feeding a family …I think inflammation has gone down a bit but no weight loss yet….I was kind of wondering if all of the nuts, avocados and oil are preventing weight loss…
I have a tree nut allergy so the acceptable flours on the list are out of my range of acceptability. I am also vegetarian so meats/chicken on the list are cannot be eaten. Dairy is one of my protein staples. Any suggestions? Thank you!!
Cassava flour. My son is allergic to nuts and this seems to be the best 1:1 wheat flour replacement.
Tiger nut flour is okay as tiger nut is not actually a nut
I have no gall bladder, am on thyroid medication. I have fought to lose weight that’s slowly accumulated. I’m an avid and happy consumer of “Vital Reds” by Dr Gundry. I cut out sugar and use only blanched almond flour. Weight loss has been stalled at 10 lbs and I am tired of feeling crummy and tired. Ideas?
I don’t know how I’ll go with this regime as low carbs and high fats don’t suit me and make me very tired. But am keen to cut out lectins.
Hey Cindy, i had thyroid but instead of starting medication i wont on AIP diet and then followed the protocol defined in Medical Medium Thyroid Healing. You can find it on audible too which is where i got it. Any ways the best thing is in 3 months my tsh came down from 8 to 3.9 and then down to 2.6 after another 3 months. So i don’t need to take medicine at all. Please try it you will feel so much better and your thyroid will love you for it.
I am a vegetarian that is allergic to dairy and eggs. I see that soy is on the “no” list. What protein sources should I consider to get enough protein and also calories. I am not interested in losing weight, just being inflammation free and healthy.
Why are Cashews on the NO list? I’ve never heard of such a thing, and I eat them a lot without issue. I can’t eat peanuts… seems there are sooo many restrictions! I’m not giving up squash, either yellow or zucchini!
I believe that Cashews are a legume and that might be why they aren’t recommended.
Cashes are not a legume. They come from trees. It is the oils in the shell and the nut that are the problem.
Dr. Gundry says that cashews are the most inflamatory
I have read from a rheumatoid arthritis specialist physicians book that cashews are a potentialtrigger for rheumatoid arthritis because they’re not actually a raw nut ; they are steamed .
I feel like we need more information about squashes. Is most of the lectin in the seeds and skin like so many other things including tomatoes and bell peppers? Does pressure cooking work to remove the lectins as he mentions with pulses and beans?
He did say cashews can be eaten if pressure cooked.
Suzy I went on a diet about 7 years ago and lost 30lbs without seeing the Gundry diet. I cut most of what is on the no list out of my diet. However I added Butternut squash and Greek yogurt to my diet. In the case of squash I cooked it in a slow cooker adding brown sugar. I’m not sure if the sugar is ok, but it tastes great. I only ate it in a portion controlled diet. Cooking vegetables on the list will certainly reduce if not eliminate the plant lectin activity. If anyone knows why Greek yogurt is bad please let me know. In my previous diet I cut out sour cream and added Greek yogurt but indications here are that sour cream is ok.
Google how cashews are harvested, & what precautions the workers have to take
I get you. I love cashews. They do grow on a tree, but they are a seed? They grow at the base of a fruit in the Amazon that is like a creamy Apple that is apperently delicious. It doesn’t transport well though as it is very delicate and prone to bruising. Some things maybe you can still have in moderation?
Can you drink almond milk?
Pressure cooked Indian Basmati Rice (which has been allowed to cool) gets a mention in several YouTube vids as acceptable, as does Pressure cooked Lentils and Potatoes.
The rice and lentils seems to get the occasional mention as ok, but I haven;t seen a comment on the potatoes as being acceptable resistant starches.
No mention in the more recent books that I can see/
Where do we stand on this?
Making good progress thanks.
So what is Indian Basmati Rice. It is a style of Cooking Basmati Rice or is it a special rice. Where can it be purchased. I googled it and only found recipes on how to gook Basmati Rice (Indian style). Confused.
Indian Basmati Rice is rice produced in India, as opposed to other locations (for example, Texas.) The soil is different there. You can get it in Indian groceries and imho it’s more fragrant and tasty than the usual grocery store brands.
It’s a white rice I found easily in my grocery store.
Basmati rice IS Indian. It’s probably grown in North America now, but that varietal of rice plant/grain is from India. Works nicely in any rice dish though, except maybe risotto or paella where a shorter grain is called for.
Potatoes contain lectins and are under the nightshades.
There are different phases to the diet. This is the phase 2 food list which is more strict. In phase 3, you can re-introduce some grains and legumes like rice and pressure-cooked legumes.
Were can I find the book plant paradox yes/no and how much is it
there is this website called AMAZON that sells books. you might have heard of it. they have been around since the late 1990s. they also sell other things and even own a healthy supermarket chain called Whole Foods. check em out.
Kind of snarky Apple
ok i see hottest peppers to peel and DE seed them forget it ok then organic habanero hot sauce no seeds is ok. Day 2 Total Restore getting use to no and yes lists feel a change already what happened to us Thank You So Much
I just finished the book The Longevity Paradox, then I done loaded the yes and no food list. I plan to start the diet using the list!!
What about honey? Is that on the yes or no list?
I was wondering about water chesnuts
I was told by my food chef/coach who has read Dr. Gundrys books and follows them that water chestnuts may or may not be ok! The problem is the way they are grown they are prone to mold problems and should probably be avoided as much as possible. On a good note…I was told bamboo shoots should be ok.
Glad bamboo shoots are ok, I can’t make my favorite Chinese food without bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. I need the crunch
I am excited to give this a try. I have used Juice Plus supplements and their whole food based shake mix for years and am curious to see where those fall within this program. I suspect the shake mix does not make the cut, but how about the capsules? Is there a protein/smoothie mix that is recommended?
I would like to make my own almond butter. I noticed the majority of the recipes online bake them for 10 minutes first. Does this remove the nutrients from the raw almonds?
Why isn’t millet or millet four on the list above?
Is there any compliant buttermilk?
is chayote ok to eat
hi there, thanks for valuable advice. I cannot find Tilapia is list of fish, Yes or No.
considering Tilapia is one of the most consumed fish in US and maily being farmed, is there any lectin-related concern about this fish?
I would think tilapia is considered white fish so it should be fine.
Talapia is not a real fish, it is hybrid, man made and farmed…I loved Talapia until I found this information
Talapia would be a no. It is farmed and fed grains.
Wild caught fish/shellfish are the yes fish.
I didn’t see anything about apricot kernals, are they ok while on this diet!!
In one year I lost 80 pounds and I went from a 44″ waste to a 36″ waste. I cheat every once in a while, but it hasn’t made me gain back any of the weight. Dr Gundry’s diet changed my life. People that haven’t seen me for a year are amazed with my transformation. Thank you very much Dr. Gundry.
Am I correct in understanding that much of the “No” list is perfectly fine if pressure cooked? (Looking at squash, quinoa, rice, lentils…)
No. It is consider as ‘No’ for never.
hi Abdul Gundry clearly states if you pressure cook certain legumes and beans and potatoes you can eat them so it is not a forever no
How do you ensure adequate potassium intake on the diet? Bananas are a staple for me, to ensure appropriate potassium levels. I know sweet potatoes are a good source, but…
Also, calcium is a concern.
Bottom line, how does one ensure the right vitamin and mineral balance?
Of course banana has potassium but also contains sugar.
You may have a Spinach instead which is rich in potassium.
You are saying no beans? I do eat kidney and black beans I add chard and collard and spinach watercress etc. I do cook the beans a long time to reduce lectins.is this ok to eat beans on occasion?
I’ve got Hashimoto’s will it help me?
I have seen an improvement in my TSH levels. Slowly but surely every time I get blood work I have to get my medication reduced. I am finally starting to feel good. I have seen improvements in my diabetes and my cholesterol numbers have improved. If I slip up and cheat on occasion, I feel bloated and terrible. Stick with it.
Can you drink coconut water?
Coconut water is a bad one. Very high in sugar. Almost anything else coconut is great.
Can you eat yeast flakes?
I have started reading your book and have a question about avocados. I love avocados but in the last 5 years or so, I have extreme gut pain when I eat them and have elimated them from my diet. This diet seems to rely heavily on avocados, so I am wondering why I am having a problem with them and what other options do I have.
I assume you’ve produce a heat in your stomach as a result, you’re feeling pain in your gut.
Have some medicines to get rid of the pain but don’t give up avocado.
I know many people who react to avocado because of certain seasonal allergies they have. Here is an excerpt I found online that explains:
“It turns out that avocados are high in histamine, which is one of the main culprits of many common allergies. If you develop gastrointestinal issues after eating avocados, and you’ve eliminated the usual suspects from your diet (like dairy and gluten), avocados could be causing your discomfort.“
It would be nice if The Doctor Himself could chime in here to answer some questions 🤔
I agree that it would help if Dr. Gundry would answer these questions, however may of these show that the person has not read or if read didn’t remember what they read. Almonds have to have their skin peeled i.e blanched; fish needs to be only wild caught, never farm raised; cucumbers,like tomatoes, can be eaten if seeded and peeled; beans are only safe if pressure cooked; fermentation removes enzyme inhibitors but does not remove lectins; white or Irish potatoes are a nightshade and are just not good although he did say not to worry about a product that contained a little potato starch, presumably due to the small amount. My question is are carob and Maca lectin free? Maca is south american but it is a tuber in the cruciferous family. I am hoping it is okay. Carob, a substitute for chocolate, is from the middle east and is supposedly a bean but it grows on trees. Is carob okay? I saw conflicting reports online saying Yes lectin free and no, has lectins. What is the truth about carob?
Idk answer to your questions, sorry. But very nice of you to clarify so much in your posta
How come pumpkin seeds & Chia seeds are on NO list?
They’re rich in zinc,magnesium,omega-3 & 6, calcium etc?
Because they contain lectin!
There has no almonds in NUTS AND SEEDS, but Almond in FLOURS. I am wondering why?
Can I eat almonds as nuts?
Yes you can as recommended by Dr.Gundry
Blanched almonds only, the skins have lectins.
How about lotus roots? Is it Yes or No?
I have arthritis and I feel the effect of the diet on the third day, when the pain goes away. Amazing My question is about one Indian dish: dosa. It is pancake, but it is made of fermented rice with beans at night and legumes of which flour is ground. Are they suitable for this diet? After all, with this treatment, lectins should be destroyed?
Not at all!
being an Indian I avoid such food.
raggi is one of the varieties of Indian millet. can it be used in this diet?
I have no weight or joint problems and a lot of energy. I eat a wide variety of healthy foods in moderation including many on the “no” list. I’ve never paid any attention to lectin I know a lot of people like me. My dad did the same and was healthy and independent until he died at age 94. Are we medical miracles?
Plants want their fruit to be eaten. They make themselves attractive to animals to eat and spread their seeds. It adds to their survival.
so no to soy sauce? And what about Blue Cheese
Re soy sauce: Tamari, a wheat free version should be okay because he implies that fermented soy products are okay. i.e. tempeh (grain free) is on the Yes list. Many health “nuts” refuse to eat any soy product except those that are fermented.
I am going to try Dr. Gundry’s diet. I have a gut disorder that causes significant burning in my chest. Actually, I suspect I have leaky gut because of the symptoms that I have had for many years. I am 70 years old, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago, have had significant reactions to many medications, have two knee replacements due to arthritis and want my mental clarity back. Also it would be wonderful to get more then 4 hours sleep a night. I acknowledge my choices of eating weren’t healthy and I want to take action and eat healthy now. I ordered Dr. Gundry’s monthly berry supplements and they should be here by the end of this week. I am starting Dr. Gundry’s it’s today. I embrace everyone’s questions and comments on this journey of hope and health. Irene
really interesting, but do you have the same list in french ?
You indicate we should only eat fruit in season. What about canned fruit from one’s garden that are canned with no sugar added?
The reason fruit should only be eaten sparingly and in season is that it signals to out bodies that it is summer and time to start packing on the pounds for the upcoming food-scarce winter. This was a vital adaptation until very, very recently. Now… not so much.
Wish you had more posts just like this one… #goodstuff
I don’t agree with alot of his”no” foods…just sayin…
Can we eat whole citrus fruits??? Asin grapefruits? Oranges? Tangerines? Lemons? Limes?
Was wondering the same thing! Lemons and limes are OK out nah?? Honey?
Nuts recommended are Walnuts, Pistachios and macadamias
There is no easy way to print these out. I dragged them to the desktop but some of them are webp files and can’t be opened.
My son has bad gastrointestinal heart burn every day hes 15 doctors say change diet nothing has worked he eats tums like candy help help me
My naturopath has his clients who suffer from heartburn or severe indigestion drink 12oz of water and jump downstairs. Sometimes the stomach is up in the chest wall and needs to go down into place. The weight of the water pulls the stomach back into place away from the diaphragm, So many people I’ve told this to, have tried it. It takes awhile maybe a few try’s, but good results for everyone so far. If you don’t want to jump downstairs, you can also hang on to a door or a bar at a playground. I have the bar that you put in between a door jam for stretching and it works great. Good luck. It’s no fun having horrible pain from indigestion and the meds that doctors prescribe are terrible for you.
Eating some apple will also stop heartburn.
Jumping with water in belly.
Cook ground flaxseed, and strain, you will get goes stuff that you drink (you must not consume anything after that) and this forms a plug at the top of stomach.
Do excersise where you lay down and you try to “blow” your belly as much you can, do this many times.
And finally if things are relay bad , and this is only for emergency, drink a full teaspoon of magnesium oxide, and then lemon juice. You will get a diarrhea and completely empty yourself, it is messy but that would help me survive the day. Sustain from eating for as much you can after that.
I would say that I cured my GERD with this emptying and not eating for days. Sounds radical, but I had severe GERB where I didn’t went to sleep in bed for 2 years. I managed only to get some sleep by sleeping in vertical sitting position at couch
I was recently hospitalized for 10 days where Kaiser promptly diagnosed me with MS despite the fact that I had a mold invasion. The type of mold I had growing inside my walls produces mycotoxins including Aflatoxins and causing the exact same symptoms.
The foods you recommend are the ones that are lowest in these Aflatoxins so it makes sense WHY your diet works. What you need to tell people is to check their indoor environment for these same Mycotoxins that are in the food we eat and in the food that eats these foods ie cows and chickens.
If you see mold RUN. If you smell mold RUN. Avoid these specific foods: peanuts, wheat, corn, barley, hard cheese, sorghum, alcohol, cottonseed, sugar cane, sugar beets, rye and anything that eats these foods. Pigs, chickens, cows, and anything produced by these animals like eggs and milk.
There is no money in healthy people! Take charge of your life and love living it!
Hiw are you doing today?
Hope you are feeling better.
We just moved due to mold exposure from living in a house with it for 10 years. Lots of health issues for months but doctors could not determine cause. I have read Dr. Gundry books and feel he has a good theory. Thank you for pointing out foods with mold too.
Take care of you.
Orange juice tends to contain mold as well.
This is like a cult. I am very healthy at 68 and have always eaten a lot of things on his no list including fruit and whole grains. I have flat hard abs. Some of this is silly and some of this is basic. Oh and i eat lots of lentils too!
The lectin free diet was primarily developed for people with lectin sensitivity (aka “gluten” sensitivity). If you don’t have that problem, then you might not need it, though there are many other purported benefits.
There are a few foods not on either list that I eat and have eaten daily for many years. Almonds and cage free egg whites were discussed and seemed to be “yes” or at the least “maybe” foods. I’d be most interested in knowing to what list Raw Unfiltered Honey belongs. I have used a table spoon of this honey for many years.
How can he say bread or bagels from a bakery is ok? Aren’t all breads and bagels technically from a bakery? Lol
Only an idiot would believe in this Gundry! Wake up, people! He’s a crook selling his books and supplements to the incredibly gullible Hollywood fools. Yeah, right, like I’m going to believe this schmuck when he trashes fruits and vegetables and instills fear into average people! He needs a “hook” like all snake-oil salesmen need … and nobody is more gullible than the Hollywood elite (and plenty of just plain regular PEOPLE as well!).
The guy’s a bonafide doctor who has researched the causes of leaky gut syndrome. Apparently he’s done no harm, and his work has helped those for whom the product(s) of his research has worked. Why chide someone with no cause?
Hello, my husband was diagnosed with diabetes only to find out it was a reaction to an autoimmune disease. We tried the 3 day cleanse after already applying an educated limited diet. His blood sugar levels dropped 20 points and stayed that way. This diet does work to restore the gut so that the body can restart and function more properly. We are so thankful for the education and results and there are plenty of good tasty food options.
I am happy you posted your position and I suspect the same
I agree having watch his PBS promotion last evening, With all the breaks to petition subscribing to PBS. I believe beans are important for ones diet. A Google search states:How good are beans for you?
Beans are good for your heart
A diet rich in beans is good news for your heart. … Beans are also good sources of potassium and magnesium, key minerals for your heart. Potassium naturally removes excess sodium and water from your system, which can reduce blood pressure, Sass says.Mar 13, 2015
That statement was not only stupid but irresponsible. It always seems the person who thinks they know everthing and is the smartest in the room usually ends up being the fool .You shouldnt talk about what you dont know.I dont think all the moving parts of these food choices are yet fully realised yet but something is going on and it is working for thousands of people .Lets take me for example I have been on the program for 4 monthes and 2 weeks my I am 69 years old 6ft2 and weighed 249 lbs I hurt all over so bad it hurt to lay in bed therefore I got no sleep mowing my small yard would take me out of commission for 2 days I had cronic reflux and for the last 8 years I felt like my productive life was over. I could not go up to the secound floor of my house until I had been up several hours and then it was only 1 step at a time and when I came down after a couple of hours of just sitting watching tv I had to stand sideways on the stairs and put both hands on the hand rail and come down the stairs 1 step at at a time and there is 14 steps I got high celings .I have been tested for everthing fibromyalgia blood disorders stomach disorders I have had complete blood workups lupus parasites lyme diseases you name it and they kept telling me well your getting older and everbody gets a little arthritic yada yada yada and then of course there is always the fallback of fibromylgia which isnt even a real disease its just a bunch of symptoms with no diagnosis as to what caused them rolled into one word look it up its just code for we really have know idea whats wrong with you. So where am I now well after 4 days I was able to sleep after 10 days I didnt hurt at all I can get up in the morning and jog up those 14 steps steps 2 at a time, I have another house that my son lived in untill he moved to Maui that was just sitting and I have been remolding it exterior paint sheetrock repair wiring tile new bath fixtures the whole enchalida and Im doing it myself and Oh I have lost 41 lbs .Remember your health is first and foremost your responsibilty . I had come to realize for some time that my symptoms were starting to look to me like an immune response. Cronic body pain swollen joints fatique all classic symptoms but what was causing it .My wife ran across a Gundry article and it was like a light went off.I wondered leaky gut syndrome sure seemed to be a fit especiall with my 25 years of gastrointestinal problems and bingo I got a new lease on life. I have not felt this good in 20 years so dont tell me he is a quack just because you are incapable of understanding the science of it.Just because you cant understand it dont make it not so I am living proof. In closing it seems that there is a host of immerging ailments that might very well be linked to bad food choices an unbelievable surge in diabeties obesity leaky gut fibromialgia just to mention a few. One of the most glaring concerns to me is they put corn and corn sweetner in almost everything we eat processed meat aka lunchmeat soda pop cookies candy baking mixes baked goods the list is huge and this stuff has an incrediably high lectin level which in many people is devistating . Im just saying Im no DR. but there could be some research done in that catagory Im thinken if of course you you could slide it by the corn lobby they are one of the most powerfull lobbys in DC. The fattened livestock beef cattle poultry hog and farmed raisd seafood could also stand a look.Netflix has some documentarys about the meat industry that are real eye openers you might take a look but I digress. The Gundry plan works for alot of people but mayby for a host of different reasons who knows how this will eventially shake out but he is on to something.
I see amongst other NO items, legumes. Didn’t you say on one of your podcasts that legumes are fine as long as cooked in a pressure cooker?
Is there an alternative to Quorn products? I feel like there are many other soy-free meat alternative available now in comparison to when the book was published. I do not like the taste of Quorn products at all.
i like the idea of this diet.It has helped me alot of the past year….
but when being asian it was also pretty tough not allowing to eat rice is pretty tricky but at the eand of the day im proud of the improvements and results that i’ve been getting.
Nothings easy but doc new all my symtoms when er couldn’t tell me anything almost died started pills and diet looks like Adkins plus organic wont be that hard if u want to live
I am APOE 4/2 – I know from Dr Gundry that 30% of the population carry APOE 4 gene which means we should not eat the same diet as others especially when it comes to saturated fats including coconut oil. Cheeses are also not included and there are many other foods not recommend.
Could you please give me some advise.
What about pineapple and quinoa? Are oranges bad too?
I have one of your books and you state to avoid celery. On this list you have celery as a YES food. Which is it, yes or no?
I’d like to know more why popcorn is a problem thank you
Popcorn is a problem because it’s CORN. 90% of all US corn is GMO toxic crap anyway so no.
What about organic popcorn?
I’ve been on this diet for about ten months. I lost 10 lbs without trying to lose weight. My weekly migraines went away! My nose congestion that I’ve had my entire life went away!! My skin glows. I’m no longer so fatigued. I live on a steep hill. Daily, my legs would ache as I’d walk up the hill. My leg aches went away! After studying the Gundry longevity book, I replaced long distance jogging with Yoga and meditation. I’m 57. I feel like I’m 25 again. For those doubters, all I can say is: if you honestly follow what’s in the Gundry books your body will change. Give it time. Be open to it. You won’t regret it. Thank you, Dr. Gundry. You have changed my life.
What about buckwheat? I’m not sure if it legumes or type of seed.
Are the “yes” “no” lists applicable to both the plant paradox and the diet in the Diet Evolution book?
Hi – Tomatillos are not really tomatoe family do they have lectins? Does green salsa made with tomatillos okay to eat?
Kefir. I’m hearing a lot of good things about Kefir and how it can help your gut. Do you have a podcast or can you record a podcast on the good/bad/ugly of Kefir.
I have some questions regarding fruit. In the book it lists the fruits differently than the list here on the website (kiwis, apples, peaches, apricots, figs, dates etc are all on the list (limited). The book lists a lot more fruits on the Yes List than the website. Has anyone noticed this and what list should we go by? Also, are there any guidelines for dried fruit?
I’ve been wondering about this too. I am planning a hike and would like to add dates and cranberries to my nut mix. Is that acceptable under high activity? When, along the detox phases, am I allowed to resume fruits? THANKS
Is yellow mustard on the Yes or No list? It’s from a seed.
give up my oatmeal, peanut butter, pumpkin, or occasional cottage cheese / greek yougart?
guess i will die early.
So if I purchase Total Restore, it will restore my gut lining…how long and how many bottles would I need? Or will it be a continuing process if I don’t follow the diet? Or I would not need it after a period of time if I’m on the diet? Can Total Restore cure the leakage? Please let me know. Thanks.
Im new to this, came here from Tom Bilyeu. I wonder if Gundry differs from raw Lectin to destroyed/cooked lectin? So, could a possible high lectin food like beans, be on the yes list if cooked? hm.
Anyone know if Tart sour cherry juice or apple cider from fresh from a local orchard is ok?
What about coffee???? I know it’s a bean so guessing it’s a no no, but is there a substitute?
Does having had variations surgery alter the ability to adopt the lectin-free diet? Since food bypasses a traditional stomach and goes Almost directly to The small intestine.
I’d like to know about Farro, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, green matcha tea powder, macadamia milk, coconut water, pH water, are these acceptable foods??
What is wrong with coconut sugar?
Hi everybody, the celery is not mentioned, and confusing is: no bread and yes bread and bagels made by Bakery. Thank you
Almonds are a fairly common nut in my diet. I often turn to that rather a bag of chips to get my crunchy craving fix. Yet I do not see almonds on the good or bad lists. Where do they land?
Yesterday I posted a question: Bread is in the No list, but it is ok in moderation if bought from a bakery… I am confused. Thank you.
Several of the foods on the “YES” list are high in oxalates. Many of us cannot tolerate these foods. I’m not even sure humans are meant to eat these foods.
Hi! I was wondering the same thing too about the oxalate foods….. I have issues with IC and the oxalate foods irritate!!!!
Anyone else here have IC issues?
A lot of your questions are answered if you read all of the comments above.
Why stevia and not Splenda?
Splenda is 100% artificial, and is just as bad for you as saccharin and NutraSweet. The old commercial used to say it was made from sugar, so it is natural, but in fact
it is just as deadly as the other artificial sweeteners.
Basically this doctor copied the Keto diet.
I have stage 3 chronic kidney disease. What on the yes list I cannot eat?
My Urologist says no beets or spinach, and drink unsweetened lemon water (pint to half gallon) every day.
Lynn Lucas has you arthritis pain gone away.
Coffee is fine. Chocolate is fine provided it’s over 70% cocoa. Beans are fine provided they are pressure cooked. Bread is not okay, wherever it’s bought, if it has wheat flour, or any grain-based flour. Banting bread is made from coconut and almond flour and is therefore fine.
I live in South Africa and many of the products on the “yes” list are not available here.
I have Ulcerative Colitis. There is a diet from U Mass for UC and Crohn’s that I have been following that include pumpkin, oatmeal, nut butters, kefir, Greek yogurt and other NO foods on Dr. Gundry’s list. This diet from U Mass is designed to change your gut microbiome, like Dr. Gundry’s diet but uses different foods so I’m confused. There are some similarities but also some big differences. Which is right? Is the answer different for people with IBD?
My husband and I went vegan three years ago and I just ordered Dr Gundry’s book. We have had amazing results going vegan but now want to try adding the yes list here and avoiding the no list My husband lost 60 lbs, is no longer taking diabetes meds ( his sugar levels are now Normal) no high BP, so happy!
And no snoring! We really were shocked it worked, now looking forward to reading his book!
IS POPCORN BAD OR CORN ON THE COB (STEAMED)
I just saw a podcast by Dr. Gundry where he says to avoid beef, lamb and pork because they contain neu5Gc but yet they are on the “Yes” list. What gives!?
So ok I can’t have bananas right wow can you explain that one better to me, And also is LectinDiet is it good for type 2 diabetes in helping to lower your A1C
I’m at the point where I want of get rid of leaky gut, but during these times with the Pandemic happening, is this easy to start?
are tomato juice and other vegetable juices that contain tomato juice OK? does tomato juice contain lectins?
Yes, tomato must be peeled and seeded
To the woman who said the Doc copied the kito diet, no dairy on this one. I’m not seeing horseradish on either list. I want to make cocktail sauce with peeled and deseeded homegrown tomatoes.scott
My question is, that poppy seeds are allowed in the Plant Paradox program?
I don’t know this seed lectin’s content …
Thanks your answer!
I started Dr Gundrys way of eating at the end of 2019. Wanted to eat healthier. I thought I was eating healthy up until then. I was eating a lot of dairy, fruit,yogurt, and many of the wrong veggies. I have lost plenty of weight, and feel stronger and energized at 61 years young. But feel awfully lucky to have heard online about leaky gut . My timing was uncanny if you ask me considering Covid 19 has invaded this planet. I feel way safer and healthier. I owe an awful lot to Dr Gundry, some day when social distancing is not an issue I would like to give him a hug and shake his hand!!!!!!
Yes for Ginger
Flax Oil Allowed?
Flax is on the yes list for nuts, but the oil isn’t mentioned on either list…
Are pork rinds an acceptable snack or on the “No” list? Don’t see it listed.
What is your opinion on eating the egg shell?
Is 6 eggs to much and should you throw away the egg white?
I train 2 hours a day really heavy in the gym.
Hello Dr Gundry,
I ordered your Bio 3 supplement and am anxious to try it. I want to know if it is better to wait until I clean out cupboards of existing foods or is it ok to take while I am using current foods? I eat pretty well anyway but still use things that aren’t in your list of foods.
Dear Dr Gundry,
The last couple days I’ve been listening to a lot of your you tubes and today I just ordered every book that you have ever written, I have followed Peter Andiamos Eating according to your blood type for almost 20 years and I’m very aware of lectins in my diet, and even know my AP0e gene type.
I find your information so educational, you come from such an intelligent perspective and I really honor the information you are sharing with the world ultimately. I went through your yes and no list and actually I’ve been already following most of those for about 20 years. It would be very interesting to get you two together to collaborate and share in even more information , you’re both so right on!!!I have learned some things like that you should cookbeans in the pressure cooker, I normally Soak them and put them in a crockpot. You have peanuts And lentils on your no list and he puts them on the beneficial List for in a blood type. And it’s all about the Lectins for him also.
My husband and I have been attempting this program on and off for a couple of years. We are active, 65-71 years old. I am trying to lose 50 lbs, he is not heavy but wants to relieve joint pain and inflammation. We bought all the books, cleaned out the pantry, and followed faithfully for many months at a time. But as 40-year dedicated (spiritual reasosn) ovo-lacto vegetarians, the restricted variety of food has caused us to give up. Prior to Gundry, we always avoided sugars and packaged foods, as well as most grains (occasionally black or basmati rice and sprouted multigrain bread only) but enjoyed ALL fruits and vegetables. Without any flesh foods and specialized dairy and limited cheese and meat substitutes, I can’t keep it up. And despite the sacrifices, I have gained weight every time on Gundry. In theory, I want to pursue it, but it isn’t working for me. Anyone else in our boat?
Hey Linda, its very hard to be vegetarian and do these diets. The only way you can do is if you go for more cheese and lots of salads. Sweet Potato help too.
I am Native American. This seems to contradict everything about my Indigenous diet.
I met a chiropractor in the late 1970’s who told me this diet: Morning eat soaked figs overnight with ground nuts and nut milk. Make your own nut milk. Buy a juicer and make vegetable juices. Mid day: Vege salad and add avocados and cashews. Dressing is oil,lemon and honey, baked sliced potatoes until they puff up. Serve with dip made of yogurt and black olives blended in a blender. Stick with this and don’t get off track.
For all of You people with extensive Pain from Arthritis or Fibromyalgia, etc!!! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I am Pain- free as I take Rheuma-Art Extra Strength that is all Herbs!!! Even if you have Sciatica!!! Stops Inflamation!!! Not Expensive!!!
Almonds that are blanched, and the skin removed should be on the “yes” list.
I have been eating according to Dr. Gundry list with a few “violations” along the way. I noticed last week a huge change in the skin, particularly on my arms. The sun damage is has almost disappeared!
I love almonds. But I do not see almonds on either the ‘yes’ list or the ‘no’ list.
Yes if the brown skin is removed. Almond flour is OK and Marcona Almonds come peeled
Is teff flour lectin free
I thought sprouting beans and skinning beans, like sprouted chana dal neutralized the lectins, so sprouted split peas, and sprouted red lentils and the same with sprouted grains?
Regarding unpasteurized or technically raw milk. In many US states it is also “illegal”. My daughter and family have a raw milk dairy A2-A2 cows, they offer people to buy herd shares, and that is legal. It is an amazing product and so good for you. I have had trouble with pasteurized dairy for years, but I can drink this raw milk, raw cheese, raw milk ice cream and raw yogurt etc. Hope this helps.
Is Maca powder on the yes or no list?
Are poppy seeds on the yes or no list? Is there a more comprehensive list available anywhere?
Thanks so much.
With all best wishes,
I’ve effortlessly lost 40 lbs in four months on the Longevity diet. Thank you! My question is about colostrum. I take the powder twice daily, as recommended by my wellness MD. I have noticed significant gains in my fight against inflammation while doing this. What is Dr Gundry’s advice on this? Since it comes from a cow source, should I discontinue usage? Thanks in advance.
Your products look interesting. I have skin , weight, fog issues etc. But I don’t have a lot of money. Do you have a trial size that I can see if it will work before I spend my limited money. I don’t trust money back guarantees. I’m 59 yrs old.
Are sweet potatoes allowed?
Yes they are
Where do almonds fall on the yes/no list?
Almonds seem to be absent from the list, but almond flour (ground up almonds) is on the “yes” list – meaning almonds must be OK.
How much weight do you lose in a week. And where can I get the pills.
I need a substitute for mushrooms. My stomach never liked them and then my integrative doctor told me why. Mold. What can I substitute for them in the recipes which so far have been delicious. Thank you.
Are Lesser Evil Grain Free Paleo Puffs considered an acceptable snack?
There are many many questions here.
All of the answers are in the book.
Just read the book.
BTW all casein A-1 cows are a no.
Read the book.
Many here are treating it as a weight loss diet. In reality this will probably save your life.
Hi Dr Gundry, I have just read your wonderful book The Plant Paradox, never before read such a great book on health and well being. Its the best!! Thank you!!. I was recommended to read this book as I have an autoimmune condition called “Birdshot Chorioretinopathy” as advised by Professor Peter McCluskey at the Sydney Eye Hospital . (it is a very severe form of Uveitis Posterior). He told me they dont know what causes it so there is no cure but they can treat the symptoms. If left untreated I could eventually go blind. The medication I am on is Prednisone and Methotrexate at the moment. Its has brought the swelling and inflammation down considerably they tell me. I am hoping your diet can bring my eyes back to normal. That would be wonderful. I hoping you can advise on the supplements I should take in accordance with the diet please. Many thanks Lynne
Lynne, my good friend has same. Would love to know if it worked for you. Please email me at email@example.com
It’s weird how many items on the “No” list are what make other cultures more healthy. Mediterranean diet, Japanese. Legumes, chickpeas, tofu, whole grains, bulgur.etc..
I am wondering if it has something to do with processing and all the persistent chemicals in our food system
Another genius who managed to work out “a dream diet that actually works”. All you have to do is cut out 90% of all food and you lose weight…
If fat people had the discipline to cut out all those things for the rest of their lives, they wouldn’t be fat.
It’s just another starve yourself skinny for as long as you can stand it diet.
Please do us a favor and change the list from picture form and give us raw text. This would allow us to use CTRL + F(find feature) to quickly find the answer to whatever it is we are looking for at that given time. Thanks for the list nevertheless.
Don’t know Apple but on a PC:
1. In most browsers, open each of the six images in a new web page – usually by right-clicking in the image and choosing “Open new web page”
2. Open a new desktop file – right click to do this and label it (mine is GUNDRY)
3. Click and drag the padlock icon into that new desktop file – for all six images.
4. Go to a free OCR convert to Word’ site such as https://www.onlineocr.net/
5. On the site “Select file” from a new desktop file image.
6. Click ‘Convert’
7. Click in the box full of text, and ‘Ctrl A’ to select it all.
8. ‘Ctrl C’ to copy it
9. Paste it into a Word doc.
10. Repeat for all images
Sorry list is pedantic – may be read by those with all kinds of skills.
And will not tell how to ‘Find and Replace’ the ” • ” with paragraph mark to get the vertical list.
What protein powder is acceptable?
Is Rice paper okay to eat occasionally?
why is tempeh allowed but tofu is not? They are both made from soy
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My swelling and inflammation has drastically improved being on this diet. Even within the first week, I noticed many of my health problems improve
Where can I get the book of Dr. Gundry on Longevity diet.
Where can I buy Dr. Gundry’s book on longevity diet
No tofu? I’m a vegetarian that is a big source of protein though I don’t eat it a lot
What is wrong with chia seeds? I have heard such good things about them.
need copy yes and no list
What do you do about constipation on the Plan Paradox Program. I’m in my 3rd week. I have the anaconda Dr. Gundry promised. But have a very hard time passing it. I’ve had to take over the counter med to releave myself, but I don’t want to do this. HELP!
This list is wrong! Dr. Gundry never said that Beef and Pork is on his YES list. They scanned the pages incorrectly.
Alright. PLease disregard my last comment. Dr. Gundry says if you eat only 4 oz per day of grass fed beef or pork, it is acceptable. Sorry that I was wrong. I learned.
What about the new gluten free sugar free Cheerios? Are those okay?
Before I went on the Plant Paradox way of eating, I had pins and needles in my hands and feet that had been getting worse for years and was becoming really painful. (It might be called “peripheral neuritis,” I’m not sure.) Within 24 hours of being on the Plant Paradox way of eating, about 95% of it disappeared. Then over the next week or so, the last 5% disappeared and it was HEAVENLY to suddenly have that pain gone! Now if I eat a slice of cheese (from A-1 cows) the pins and needles start to return so I not only know what was causing the pains but it’s a great reminder to avoid the stuff. A-2 dairy does not cause this pins and needles problem for me. In addition, all A-1 dairy products and A-2 cheese cause me to get pimples (and some are deep and painful) but the A-2 milk seems to be ok. So I’ve switched to almond milk and simply avoid all dairy from cows. THANK YOU, DR. GUNDRY!!!
I was on this diet 15 years ago through a naturopath when I developed RA as I did not want to go on heavy meds. I have always considered myself as a very healthy eater and I too was really angry about the things that I could NOT eat (LOVE peanuts, seeds and all the nightshades). I then decided to write down what I COULD eat and that put a positive spin on my thoughts. I lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks and lost 30 lbs in total and was always full. I felt amazing in my core body but it did not do anything for my RA so decided as I had to work and raise children that I would go on the meds. I strictly kept to the diet for about 5 years feeling great and then slowly slipped back into my favourite foods going back to the “I am a healthy eater” attitude. Now I am 50 lbs heavier and my core feels terrible. I am grateful that Dr. Gundry has laid out a full yes and no list and am going to go back to my healthy self.
Quick question… why not ripe bananas? when i eat any unripened fruit, it causes me a tremendous amount of flatulence which triggers severe headaches.
Ripe bananas (and other sweet fruit) are high in fructose. Fructose requires your liver to break it down into simpler sugars. Eating large amounts of fructose in one sitting can be tough on your liver, which should be detoxifying your body instead.
This is similar in effect to consuming a large amount of alcohol. Your liver is overwhelmed converting the toxin into something non-toxic (acetate and acetaldehyde).
When your liver is too busy, it signals the manufacture of a “safe” place to store toxins and more – fat cells.
I soak my chia seeds before eating, does that make them safer to eat? My husband & I are both thin, we don’t diet for weight control, just to stay healthy, we could use some weight. But I have really become attached to chia seeds, but if I need to give them up, I can.
My grandfather died in his 90’s and he never drank milk, ever. He absolutely couldn’t stand the taste of it. I also don’t drink milk and I’m 68 and healthy. Milk is full of hormones and very bad for the human race.
I notice only one negative comment among many positive
about this diet, from people who have actually been on it. I was advised by a Dr. to go on it for peripheral neuropathy. I went on it partially and got some improvement. Four months later, my own Dr. endorsed it for inflammation. So I got the book, am taking it seriously, and have already seen favorable results, after two weeks.
hi, how do i follow phase 1 if i have a negative reaction to oxalate? is there a revised version ?
Yes!! He is exactly right!
I’ve found about all these foods by accident over the last four years. Thought I was going nuts. Didn’t know how to explain to people what was wrong with me.
Thank You. I’m not nuts after all. All the foods on the Bad list Do and Have caused inflammation for me. When I eliminate eating them, I feel way better.
Why is okra on the ‘yes’ list if it is technically a nightshade vegetable?
Good question! On the good list it’s shows peanut butter yet the list says to stay clear of legumes.
Peanut butter is a forever no food. You can try almond butter but most of it contains the brown skin which we want to avoid.
Appreciate you for sharing.
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Great plan. Can’t wait to start. Have difficulties finding eggs from pasture raised chickens. Are duck eggs acceptable?
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Is sorghum molasses OK?
I was diagnosed as Gluten sensitive several years ago. Gluten-free diet “cleared” my arthritis. I am in the “process of” changing my diet and I have been taking Total Restore for 4 months. What I noticed within a few weeks is that my “peeling” nails, no longer peel and are hard, like they were years ago. Chronic sinusitis for almost 2 years (ENT said most likely viral) is now clearing up. I drink A2 milk. I have enough “evidence” for me to continue this way of eating. RN, NP RET.
Great guide i love the paradox book i have 1 thank you Gina
This list is a bit too complicated for me – I simply cut anything that comes from any grain. The result is stunning. I am a 58 y.o athlete and in 3 weeks just eradicated a left toe bunyan that had stubbornly deteriorated for 3 years, so I just removed the toe spacer from my running shoes. Now my lower back is loosening up, and I can’t find any calves knots on the roller massager. Weight has dropped about 1kg per week, but finding it very easy to transition to weekly fast – with plenty of energy. I still have honey in tea after 10km runs, but otherwise sugars are limited. Sweet potato is probably my main go-to food. Doing about 60km running and 150km cycling per week. Race pace is around 18min 5k (road).
Please edit the food lists and repost. “Goad” milk. Hazelnuts not their own line in yes nuts, etc, etc. aThank you.
Also, are there updates since this list was posted, including responses to questions ?
There are veggies, fruits, grains and nuts in Africa that I’m not sure if they are PP ok. How do I find out if these are or not for example Egusi (melon seed) or greens, coco yam. red palm oil etc
I don’t understand, is white rice is the “yes food”?
because at the Lecture dr. Gundery said that millions of peoples in the East ate white rice and that they new what they are doing.
Can this diet work for a vegan? How please?
I am a vegan (since 1975) and have been following this diet since I read the Plant Paradox about 3 years ago. My leaky gut has healed and my thyroid gland has normalized (I was hypothyroid) and I am very grateful to Dr Gundry. There are plenty of food choices and the diet is not boring. It takes a while to sort yourself out and find some good recipes but then you start to feel the benefits. Remember when someone makes a great discovery, first they laugh then they try to discredit the person. Dr Gundry does not charge megabucks to attend his courses. All the information is given freely in his books – and why shouldn’t he charge for a book! If he makes supplements, it is up to you whether you buy them!I guess you naysayers will never feel the benefits of Dr Gundry’s research. He certainly looks good after 17 years of living this way.
I am always leery of dentists that recommend a toothpaste, and a heart doctor who also is a gut expert, yet makes most of his money selling books! To the person who stated unpasteurized milk was illegal to sell in Canada and stated one had to make his own, I would like to know how, unless I was a cow.
I miss dades on both lists, are they oke as a sweetner?
Hello!!!!!!!!!! Can my son (who is african american) do this diet???/// not sure do not want him to die 🙂
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Hello. Is oat milk allowed? I don’t like any of the other non-dairy milks.
Hi I love your products and thankyou. Can I please ask you? Is it ok to mix primal plants with vital reds.
The key here is “IN MODERATION”!!!! as most of us dont know what that means and we are living in a society that is filled with all kinds of distractions to make us overeat. The best way is to avoid it at all. What dr G is telling BE AWARE of these foods… In this society we take too much of these kinds of foods too quickly.
Still the best way is to eat IN MODERATION but its not only clear what that means it also in stuff that we do not even know it is in it. So AVOID means BE AWARE
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Hello, what about sprouted bread like Ezekiel 4:9 bread? Is that brand safe to eat lectin wise? Thank you
ITS CORN (sugar) and indigestable, why do so many peops her not know this?
Oh man. The level of dumb comments on here is incredible. Unpasteurized milk in Canada yay/nay. And then we have chocolate milk is actually bloody milk. Man, people, do some god damn research before you start talking smack.
I drink a lot of almond milk. Is that ok? I didn’t see it on a list. Hemp and coconut milk is very expensive.
ITS CORN (sugar) and indigestable, why do so many peops her not know this? AND some do not know; here it is that you can grow gmo “organically”…….and call it organic.
My friend has a bottle of “Vital Reds” in her cupboard. are you still recommending this fruit juice?
very good information
KerryGold said their dairy herds are mixed A1 and A2
I e-mailed them to ask them.
Is there a vegan do and dont list? What plant based milks are ok? Any type of rice or pasta (is homemade fresh pasta ok?) Is gluten off the table?
This guy is a complete idiot
There’s way more to consider of foods value than one factor of lectins
Hungry is an idiot, there’s much more to consider of food value than simply lectins
I have to say Yes
Bread and bagels made by bakery?
How we can eat that in moderation If its not a gluten-free. This is on YES list.
Unpasteurized milk is illegal to sell in Canada but it can be given… so make a friend to a farmer with a milking cow if you want some :).
Hi, can Europeans born in Europe eat their own yogurt, cottage cheese and cheese? We have higher food standards than in other parts of the world.
I’m 30 years old and have had dietary issues most of my life, starting at about age 8. I can’t even tell you how many problems I’ve had related to food; weight gain, acne, eczema, dandruff, stomach ulcers, etc. I’m 4 days in following Dr. Gundry’s guide for food after reading his book “The Plant Paradox” and my gastrointestinal issues are finally going away. I’ve been going through the process of elimination on my own for many years, cutting out all grains, dairy, beans… but my condition continued getting worse. The book explains very well why certain foods can have such ill affects on some people, considering the origin of these foods. Turns out fruits (including squashes, tomatoes, eggplants) and potatoes were the last culprits causing my issues. The info Dr. Gundry offers in his book clicked with the knowledge from my horticulture education. I’ve learned all about lectins and other poisons on plants in general to ward off predators, among other info regarding the diets of livestock and the origin of most of our food. Looking forward to see how I’m feeling after several weeks. Thank you Dr. Gundry.