Diets Target Chronic Disease

April 15, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer Food Section examined the benefits of some of the most common anti-inflammatory diets. Anti-inflammatory diets have long been recommended for diseases such as heart disease, weight loss, depression, acne, anti-aging, arthritis, Crohn's disease, and multiple sclerosis. The foundation of the anti-inflammatory diet is berries, leafy greens, and brightly colored vegetables that are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. "When cancer patients ask me about it, I tell them is that this diet is not just related to cancer but a number of chronic diseases, so you're really looking at a broad picture of disease prevention," says Katrina Claghorn, MS, RD, advanced practice clinical dietitian specialist at the Abramson Cancer Center. "If you look at these recommended foods, they don't just contain one property - they usually have a host of beneficial properties," says Debra DeMille, MS, RD, nutrition counselor at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. "The important thing is to eat whole foods so you get all of the good compounds." DeMille offers an "Eat Your Herbs" class exploring the anti-flammatory and cancer-fighting properties of herbs, allium plants, and spices to cancer survivors at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital... read more