Anti-Inflammatory Cooking

Thanks to superstars like Tom Brady and his super model wife Gisele, anti-inflammatory foods have been cast into the spotlight.

According to the couple’s chef, Allen Campbell, their diet is 80 percent veggie, 20 percent lean meat and fish, with no sugar, white flour, dairy, coffee, alcohol, nor nightshade plants. 

And while there is not much proof that cutting out nightshade plants (bell pepper, eggplant, potato and tomato) leads to less inflammation. We do know that what we eat matters and can impact the bodies inflammation response. 

Steve Ditlea, For The Journal News - interviewed some Chef's who are taking inflammation cooking seriously:

To gain a swift immersion into a cell-soothing, healthful diet, you can take a course like “Plant Power: Anti-inflammatory Cooking,” at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

Conducted by Chef Emilie Berner, coordinator of the hospital’s Harvest for Health program for patients and community, this 90-minute practical overview highlights dishes with anti-inflammation ingredients including cinnamon, garlic, ginger and turmeric. 

Berner’s approach to anti-inflammatory cuisine is similar to the Mediterranean diet, incorporating vegetables, legumes and grains with few restrictions (yes, you can eat mushrooms). “The Mediterranean diet may become the diet of choice for diminishing chronic inflammation in clinical practice,” notes this advocate of whole food, plant-rich cooking.

Amid the foods she cites as anti-inflammatory “super stars” are fish containing polyunsaturated fatty acids like mackerel, salmon, trout and tuna; fruit like red grapefruit and guava for their lycopene and astaxanthin (tomatoes, too); and red wine for its resveratrol. Judging from such flavorful choices, you could adopt anti-inflammation eating just because it tastes so good. 

Anti-inflammatory Cooking conducted by Chef Emilie Berner.

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