Diet and inflammation…

May 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

It looks like the jury has deliberated and come back with the results: it seems you can’t ‘decrease inflammation’ by simply modifying your diet.

Researchers have linked inflammation to all sorts of diseases: heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, even Alzheimer’s disease. But the burning question isn’t only whether inflammation is linked to these diseases, but the question is… Does decreasing inflammation decrease the risk of these diseases and can that inflammation be reduced through diet? The answer to both those questions remains elusive. ..although many fad ‘diets’ out there would like you to believe otherwise (think gluten free, the zone or anti-inflammatory food pyramid).

Researchers have looked at everything from omega-3’s and 6’s, to olive oil, nuts, legumes, whole grains of course fruits and veggies but have not come up with a convincing argument for any of these foods in terms of reducing inflammation. They did, however, find that hands down losing weight and exercise does reduce inflammation.

So what do I recommend? Eating a diet high in fruit, veggies, whole grains and the like are healthy ways to meet your nutritional needs and keep your weight down – so munch away, but make sure your eating plan is planned around losing weigh if you need to …and don’t forget to keep yourself moving! (