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What is "inflammation factor"?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 11, 2010 at 4:32 PM

If you look at the Nutrition Data website (http://nutritiondata.self.com/), you'll find a measure called "inflammation factor." It tells me that both fish and nuts are anti-inflammatory. The fish I get, but nuts are anti-inflammatory, with all those Omega-6s? Does anyone know the science behind the inflammation factor?

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on July 21, 2011
at 03:36 AM

Good answer. If OP is an aural learner, he should be able to track this topic down one of the earlier Paleo Solution podcasts.

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on July 21, 2011
at 12:34 AM

I'm pretty sure that is why human cells prefer to get their nutrients after passing through a human digestive system.

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on December 12, 2010
at 02:12 AM

And there you have it....a flawed website based on CW and junk, cherry picked science.

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on December 11, 2010
at 09:49 PM

Good question! I was wondering how they came up with that stuff as well, even though I already figured out I didn't agree with it.

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on December 11, 2010
at 05:19 PM

Well I agree with you there. But if you look at coconut milk, one of my staples, it is listed as very, super, highly inflammatory. Just curious how they calculate it and if there's any evidence to support its validity. I see that there's already a question to this effect; however, the link to a summary article is broken or down. If it's true that their IF rating is based solely on saturated fat content, then I'll dismiss it.

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on December 11, 2010
at 05:14 PM

Yes I get that the Website has multiple flawed premises. But I wonder if the "science" behind the "IF" rating has any more legitimacy than, say, the "science" behind "5-7 fruits and vegetables a day."

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on December 11, 2010
at 07:56 PM

They base this on the Inflammation factor diet

They don't give explicit formulas, but rather say things like this:

The formula used to calculate the IF Ratings measures the effects of more than 20 different factors that determine a food???s inflammatory or anti-inflammatory potential, including:

  • amount and type of fat
  • essential fatty acids
  • vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • glycemic index
  • anti-inflammatory compounds

and this:

IF Negatives

This food contains known inflammatory nutrients, including arachidonic acid and saturated fat.

which leads me to believe they simply consider saturated fat to be inflammatory.

For example coconut oil is rated -1798 (strongly inflammatory).

So I just ignore that rating.

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on December 12, 2010
at 02:12 AM

And there you have it....a flawed website based on CW and junk, cherry picked science.

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on July 21, 2011
at 03:36 AM

Good answer. If OP is an aural learner, he should be able to track this topic down one of the earlier Paleo Solution podcasts.

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on December 11, 2010
at 08:10 PM

Dietary Saturated fat is mistakenly seen as inflammatory because if you take some palmatic acid and drop it directly onto cells in a lab they will display an inflammatory response. Is this what happens in an actual body? No! The amount of palmatic acid in the bloodstream is not controlled by the amount of dietary sat fat, and is more likely to be controlled by carbs. In any case a paleo diet lowers CRP.

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on December 11, 2010
at 05:04 PM

All you need to know is that grains and sugar are super inflammatory and wreak havoc with the metabolic system.

End of story.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 11, 2010
at 05:19 PM

Well I agree with you there. But if you look at coconut milk, one of my staples, it is listed as very, super, highly inflammatory. Just curious how they calculate it and if there's any evidence to support its validity. I see that there's already a question to this effect; however, the link to a summary article is broken or down. If it's true that their IF rating is based solely on saturated fat content, then I'll dismiss it.

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on December 11, 2010
at 04:59 PM

Well, I know the website but it's obviously put together by people that believe in the SAD, so I would take their "inflammation factor" and disregard it. Their "inflamation factor" is based on people who eat the SAD, so it wouldn't make since for a paleo eater to look at their inflammation factor.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 11, 2010
at 05:14 PM

Yes I get that the Website has multiple flawed premises. But I wonder if the "science" behind the "IF" rating has any more legitimacy than, say, the "science" behind "5-7 fruits and vegetables a day."

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on July 21, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Perhaps what is happening in the lab is happening because in the live body, the fatty acid may need another factor to help the cell "recognize" and admit the FA into the cell, and that factor is missing in the lab. I don't know positively that this is the case; it is just a guess because it reminded me of the body's need for insulin in order for the cells to admit glucose to the inside.

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976e5f94bb5ec0f44564d955f5b14059

on July 20, 2011
at 10:36 PM

And what else dropped directly onto cells in a lab will display an inflammatory response? Everything??? Are there substances that don't?? I can't say for sure, but I have a hunch that that inflammatory response is a natural reaction by the cells to ANYTHING unnatural that is dropped directly onto them in the lab. If that is the case, then this demonstration does not show saturated fat to be inflammatory. Is that the only evidence they can offer to show that saturated fat is inflammatory, or is there something more conclusive???

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 21, 2011
at 12:34 AM

I'm pretty sure that is why human cells prefer to get their nutrients after passing through a human digestive system.

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