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Posts Tagged ‘immune response’

Fennel Another One Of THOSE Foods

Posted by terrepruitt on November 17, 2012

As you may have read, I recently received fennel in my organic produce box that I have delivered.  I was excited because I have heard of fennel, but never cooked with it.  I think I might not have even realized that I have had some before.  As I am thinking about it, I bet I had it put on my plate at a restaurant and assumed it was onion and didn’t eat it.  It looks like onion to me although it does not have an onion flavor at all.  The information I am seeing is that it is compared to anise.  Fennel is an herb that is used both as a flavor and a vegetable.  The bottom portion, the bulb is eaten as a vegetable.  It is related to carrots, parsley, dill, and coriander as it is a member of the family Apiaceae (formerly the Umbelliferae).  Its fronds remind me of the greenery on carrots, so it doesn’t surprise me that they are related.  Fennel is vegetation of which all of it can be eaten, the bulb, stalk, leaves, and seeds (I know I’ve had the seeds).  According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, this plant contains a unique combination of phytonutrients.

There is one, anethole, that has shown in animal studies to help with the reduction of inflammation and help prevent cancer.  Now, I have stated over and over that chronic inflammation is the body is not good.  Inflammation is an immune response in the body so having the body be in battle mode all the time is not a good thing.  The American lifestyle with its high stress and the average Western Diet which is full of food stuffs have been shown to CAUSE inflammation.  Having herbs and vegetables that can be easily added to the diet and might help with a chronic condition sounds good to me.  Anethole has also been found to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties according to Nutrition You Can.

Fennel also has vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  Vitamin C is the antioxidant that helps fight against free radicals, the things, that in excess, can cause damage in the body.  Potassium is the electrolyte that is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system.  And dietary fiber is necessary to help with digestion and elimination, which when both are properly working systems tend to signify health.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

USDA National Nutrient database states the Nutrient value 1 cup of sliced fennel is as follows:

Energy kcal  27
Protein 1.08 g
Total lipid (fat)  0.17 g
Carbohydrate 6.35 g
Fiber, total dietary  2.7 g

Calcium, Ca mg 43 mg
Iron, Fe  0.64 mg
Magnesium 15 mg
Phosphorus, P 44 mg
Potassium, K 360 mg
Sodium, Na 45 mg

Vitamin C 10.4 mg
Vitamin A 117 AU

I am interested in foods that can help with chronic inflammation, I would like to have more of them in my diet.  At the same time I am interested in reducing the foods in my diet that cause inflammation.  How about you?  Are you interested in foods that might help with chronic inflammation?  Do you think you could add fennel to your diet?

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Anti-Inflammation Diet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2011

You know that the body being in a constant state of inflammation is not good, right?  Research and studies are relating this state of being to many diseases.  You know there are foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.  Do you know that there are foods that cause an inflammatory response in the body?

It is thought that foods that cause an allergic reaction are related to inflammation.  Since inflammation is an immune response.  One of the food groups to be avoided when on a nutrition plan to reduce inflammation in the body is dairy.  Dairy is a big allergy culprit so milk, cheese, and yogurt would not be included in this type of diet.  Although I love dairy this seems like one of the easiest things to avoid.

Another allergy food is peanuts.  This food is definitely not on the list of “can eat” if following an anti-inflammatory eating plan.  This food seems like it might be a little bit more difficult to avoid.  I would imagine if it is just being avoided with the idea to reduce inflammation it would not be so imperative to avoid things that are made in plants with peanuts as one has to do if they are highly allergic.

This diet also excludes caffeine and alcohol.  Strict adherence would entail no fried foods, no processed foods, and no corn.  I think the really difficult allergen to avoid is gluten.  It seems to be in so many things.  Things I wouldn’t have even thought of.  Since so many people are participating in gluten-free diets I have since learned a few of the things, but still.  It is in so many things it seems difficult to avoid.  Just like the items on my list*.  It is difficult to avoid them.   I keep wondering what there is so eat on a diet like this.

This diet is thought to help so many health issues.  Again from what I have seen it is thought that a constant state of inflammation is bad for the body.  It is thought that this state is a state in which diseases can infiltrate the body and its systems.  So if there are health issues I can see following this if it help relieve some of the symptoms of a particular disease.  But this type of diet is also used as a detox and to see if any of these foods cause a reaction in the body.  The plan is to not eat these foods for about two weeks then introduce them back into the diet and to check the reactions of the body.

I want to try this detox/elimination diet to see if there are some food that I should definitely cut out of my diet.  I can live without all of this for two weeks, but the gluten.  It is in so many things.  Well, I am going to research it further.  I am sure I will be posting more about this in the future, but I wanted to see what you think.

I know some of you follow gluten-free diets?  So if you follow a gluten-free diet, why?  And what do you notice, what differences in your body?  And what do you eat instead of bread?  Are they any of you that follow an anti-inflammation diet?  Please share.

*Currently my list of ingredients to avoid:  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or Corn sugar, partially hydrogenated oils, and Canola Oil

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