Kelly Clarkson credits the Gundry diet with her newfound weight loss and it was one of the top trending diets of the year. But what the heck is it? And what do lectins have to do with… well, anything? We break down this buzzy new eating plan, including what the experts have to say.
What is it? According to diet creator Dr. Steven Gundry, a group of proteins called lectins are wreaking havoc on our health. The former cardiac surgeon argues that by eliminating lectins (found in nightshades, grains and dairy, amongst other foods), you can lower inflammation, lose weight and boost your wellness. He even credits the diet with curing his arthritis, high blood pressure and migraines, while he shed 70 pounds in the process. His book detailing the diet, The Plant Paradox, is a best-seller.
So, what’s on the menu? Low-lectin foods like leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower), avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds, pasture-raised meat and wild-caught fish. (And this special bread—kinda, sorta.)
That doesn’t sound too bad. So what can’t I eat? Nightshades (think: tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant), dairy, grains, raw legumes, conventionally-raised meats and out-of-season fruits.