What is the Plant Paradox diet? This diet cuts out lectins, a protein found in plants that scientists believe ward off predatory insects. Lectins are categorized as an anti-nutrient for since they lower your ability to absorb key nutrients. The diet calls for avoiding lectins by cutting out-of-season fruits, grains, nightshades, and raw legumes. This will, reportedly, reduce inflammation, repair gut health, and prevent weight gain. The diet was developed by a former heart surgeon who found that human health changed for the worse after lectins were introduced. Is the Plant Paradox diet healthy? The diet has been shown to help people with autoimmune diseases. But, there has been conflicting evidence about whether lectins have any negative consequences if the food has been cooked. Also, it requires cutting out a lot of food, and a variety of food promotes good gut health. The diet also calls for swapping out whole grains for white bread and white rice and not eating some fruits and vegetables. Then again, paradox is in the name.