Inflammation Factor - I need to understand
Today I was playing with
Nutrition facts, calories in food, labels, nutritional information and analysis – NutritionData.com
Actually I was checking the macro/micro nutrients, vitamins, the breakdown of saturated/mono/polyinsaturated fats, and the inflammation factor of the foods I usually eat. And something is not clear... According to this website, which seems to be quite rigorous (I am also checking other sources to compare the data), onion, garlic, carrots, turmeric and ginger are highly anti-inflammatory. So far so good, we already knew and that's why we love them.
But... some other ingredients which are very popular in the primal/paleo movement seem to be very inflammatory, some examples:
- coconut oil
- coconut milk
- butter oil (ghee)
I agree, I agree: we do not drink coconut oil. A normal dose is 7 grams on a frying pan to sauté 100 grams of onions, in the end the balance is positive. The dose makes the poison right? Right! Then coconut milk may be an issue: it's easy to drop 200ml into a sauce, or when preparing a coconut milk kefir.
Tallow and lard are inflammatory, too, but much less compared to coconut oil and ghee. Oil of olive instead is anti-inflammatory, still nothing compared to the flaxseed oil (if it weren't for the fitoestrogens I would use it more often).
Tapioca is very inflammatory (like almost anything starchy such as rice or potatoes), if used as a thickener it may not be an issue, but as a flour replacement... I'd rather avoid eating 100 grams of baked, rancid tapioca, wouldn't you?
Another surprise, blueberries: according to the data they are slightly inflammatory. I agree that we eat blueberries for the anti-oxidant action which is something different, but then why not having strawberries instead (maybe less anti-oxidants, but mildly anti-inflammatory and half the sugars of blueberries)?
Finally, and provided nutritiondata is correct, some good news: macadamias and brazil-nuts are powerful anti-inflammatory foods. I feel less guilty to have my handful of both of them almost every day.
Any ideas? Where am I wrong?
P.S. Just for fun, check soybean oil... use it as a jolly when discussing with a vegan
Nah the site uses faulty logic algorithms or whatever to come to crap conclusions. Their "inflammatory" data less than useless.
um coconut oil is anti-inflammatory
That entire "inflammatory index" is complete crap. It goes off of some book some lady wrote and uses a bunch of useless terms to define it.
Originally Posted by Neckhammer
Hilarious that coconut oil is but flax seed which is basically paint thinner, isnt.
In ending, pay no attention to it. Focus on vitamin/mineral content, saturated to polyunsaturated ratio and whatever macro you are trying to get/avoid. Or just eat real food.
I finally joined the site so I could reply to this thread because I ran into this nutrition tracker this week and was kind of boggled by some of its information. I had to look up a few things, then started testing it.
Raspberries have too much sugar. So do blueberries. Well, what about boneless skinless chicken breasts? Too much cholesterol (huh??). Think you're safe having spinach? NOPE! It's high in sodium. Who knew? Delicious ribeye steak, on the other hand, somehow manages to be low in sodium, but no doubt it's evil in other ways. The various ribeye entries also disagree on how inflammatory it might be. This thing is not even close to consistent.
I finally turned to kale. And indeed, raw kale had no negatives listed. However, a cup manages to have more sodium than a cup of saw spinach, yet somehow isn't a high sodium food.
If only. The IF system is discussed here:
Originally Posted by Neckhammer
Inflammation and Health
... which may itself use faulty calculations and come to crap conclusions, that I agree
thank you, It goes off of some book some lady wrote and uses a bunch of useless terms to define it. good idea,
Ok, I did some investigations. In the end the most obvious answer was the correct one: the Inflammation Factor Index calculated the way it is calculated there, is BS. Enjoy your coconut oil and milk.
Even a broken clock...
Originally Posted by Zach
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