Anti-inflammatory Foods for Health

Anti-inflammatory Foods for Health

Hundreds of Ways to Incorporate Omega-3 Rich Foods Into your Diet to Fight Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease, and More

Book - 2008
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Great food for inflammation sufferers.

Cut your finger accidentally and the area will swell, redden, and heat up. This type of acute inflammatory response is the body's reaction to trauma, and it's an essential part of the healing process. But inflammation can be harmful when it hangs around too long and refuses to leave. When the inflammation switch refuses to turn off, the body operates as if it is always under attack (the older we get, the more likely this is to happen). White blood cells flood the system for weeks, months, and even years.

Researchers are now linking low-grade, persistent inflammation to premature aging, heart disease, M.S., diabetes, Alzheimer's, psoriasis, arthritis, and cancer.
While anti-inflammatory drugs do exist, they can injure the stomach or suppress the immune system. Fortunately, the situation can be remedied by a change in diet, specifically by altering the kinds of fats you eat. Omega-3 fatty acids tend to decrease inflammation while omega-6 fats and trans-fats increase inflammation. While many foods in the standard American diet (unrefined white flour, sugar, red meat, diary, fast food, and food additives) exacerbate inflammation, a healthy diet made up of fish, nuts, seeds, oils, lean grass-fed meats, and fruits and vegetables can help lessen or prevent inflammation. Likewise, certain spices such as turmeric, cloves, and ginger have proven anti-inflammatory activity.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Health will help those with inflammation incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into their everyday diet. Sample recipes may include French-Canadian Pea Soup, Sumac Salmon, Maple-Ginger Butternut Squash, Lime-Ginger Glazed Chicken with Fennel Relish, Green Salad with Grapes and Sunflower Seeds, Cod with Saffron Sauce, and more.

Publisher: Beverly, Mass. : Fair Winds Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781592332748
Branch Call Number: ANF 613.28 ROW
ANF 613.28 ROW
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Davis, Lisa (Lisa M.)


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Sep 12, 2017

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Gerald S.
If you don’t have time to read the book…
The essential fats are needed in tiny quantities. To avoid inflammation in North America, aim for very low Omega-6 fat intake. We are awash in highly processed seed oils, soybean, cottonseed, etc.. Enjoy safe Omega-3 food sources, and aim to keep your Omega-6 to Omega-3 intake to between 1 (best) to 1; and 3 (still OK) to 1. Saturated fats are stable and tend to lower inflammation, not raise it. Eat as rewuired.

This mish-mash of ideas, kinda pesco-pollo meditteranean misses the mark on a number of fronts.. Let us be clear. A book that equates saturated fats like coconut or non-CAFO meat products with commercial frankenfoods like trans fats might be funded by the canola oil industry. Or fuelled by a lack of basic nutrition knowledge.
They rank the aforementioned, partially hydrogenated canola oil (Canadian Oil, Low Acid) with olive oil. Since the manufacturer keeps the “Trans” portion under 0.5 g per serving, voila! It’s got no Trans Fat. A modern day manufacturing Miracle.
On page 20, “Regular consumption of olive, canola… and therefore they should all be included in your diet. Some authors are dangerous because they don’t know what they don’t know. I hope not too many are injured from this highly inflammatory advice.

0Charlie Nov 10, 2014

Because it is in the title, I would have appreciated a definition of inflammation and its problems before getting into the details. The OPL description in the catalogue was more informative. Lots of interesting looking recipes - after the first info section, I didn't really pay atttention to the divisions that the recipes were sorted into.

Anitka Mar 27, 2008

VERY good cooking book. Highly recommended.

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