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Nutritiondata.com: How accurate is their inflammatory index?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM

We are all hyped on being anti-inflammatory; we're told that inflammation is one of the principal causes of bad health

What do they base their index on...?

http://nutritiondata.self.com/

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Bologna -- mildly anti-inflammatory; vienna sausages -- mildly anti-inflammatory; egg substitute -- mildly anti-inflammatory; Margarine -- moderately anti-inflammatory; diet coke -- neutral; corn flakes -- moderately inflammatory. So the corn flakes are the worst thing you can consume in Meaty's description.

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on May 29, 2013
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I'm pretty sure it would say all of those things are inflammatory.

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on May 29, 2013
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Great question!! always wondered this.

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on May 29, 2013
at 08:12 PM

^ lol .

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think of inflammation index like the glycemic index. one data point, alone it means nothing, in context it means slightly more than nothing.

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have wondered this as well..

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Here's the problem with the inflammatory data. Monica Reinagle wrote a book on eating a "inflammation-free" diet [here: http://www.amazon.com/Inflammation-Free-Diet-Plan-Monica-Reinagel/dp/0071486011]. To sell her book she developed a inflammation index -- http://nutritiondata.self.com/help/inflammation

She claims that she has hundreds of research papers that have led to her understanding, but fails to properly cite them (unless perhaps you buy her book).

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on May 29, 2013
at 08:08 PM

think of inflammation index like the glycemic index. one data point, alone it means nothing, in context it means slightly more than nothing.

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on May 29, 2013
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^ lol .

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on May 30, 2013
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I agree with CD's comment. For example, saturated fats are deemed pro-inflammatory, but in the setting of alcohol intake, they are anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective. Eg, saturated fats in the form of MCTs (PMID: 23453163 & 22150547); and saturated fats in the form of cocoa butter (PMID: 16108051).

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on May 29, 2013
at 08:45 PM

No reason to doubt the accuracy of the index. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go fry up on bologna, vienna sausages and egg substitute in some margarine, then wash it down with a sugar-free cola. Maybe have some total corn flakes in sugar-free red bull for dessert, then wait happily as the inflammation fades away???

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on May 30, 2013
at 12:30 AM

Bologna -- mildly anti-inflammatory; vienna sausages -- mildly anti-inflammatory; egg substitute -- mildly anti-inflammatory; Margarine -- moderately anti-inflammatory; diet coke -- neutral; corn flakes -- moderately inflammatory. So the corn flakes are the worst thing you can consume in Meaty's description.

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on May 29, 2013
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I'm pretty sure it would say all of those things are inflammatory.

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