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From: Bob Waite (
Subject:         Inflammation Factor
Date: September 3, 2009 at 10:33 am PST

I just visited a nutrition Website that rates all foods according to several
nutritional indicators, one being something called the inflammation factor,
which supposedly shows whether a food causes inflammation or not and it
rates each food according to a number. A negative number means that it
should be either not eaten, or eaten in reduced quantities or eaten with other
foods that have positive numbers. Now the thing that bothers me, if I were to
give this any credence, is that practically all the foods I eat as heart healthy
fat free foods are given negative numbers. Oranges have a small positive
number but apples are mildly negative. Salmon, if wild, has a real high
positive number but if farmed, it has a real low number. One of the things
they are claiming is that the high inflammatory numbers cause arthritis and
even heart disease. I am curious if anyone has ever run into this scale before
and whether it is a hoax type fad, like the so many high fat and protein diets
that are still being pushed.

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