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The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan Hardcover – January 9, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071464719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071464710
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan

"Cellular inflammation is the basis for all the most common degenerative diseases that plague the majority of our population. The Inflammation-Free Diet shows you exactly how to prevent--and even reverse--this deadly process."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Inflammation contributes to more pain, disease, and disability than any other condition. Unfortunately, many people unwittingly eat foods that greatly contribute to inflammation. This useful book explains how to eat to remain inflammation-free and healthy."
--Susan M. Lark, M.D., author of Fibroid Tumors & Endometriosis Self Help Book and The Lark Letter newsletter

"Just what the doctor ordered! When it comes to making the latest research practical and delicious, Monica Reinagel's Inflammation-Free Diet is a healing prescription you can't beat!"
--Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., author of The Fat Flush Plan and Before the Change

The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan arms you with a program that will keep excessive inflammation from ruining your health. Based on the latest scientific research, it gives you the tools you need to:

  • Achieve your ideal weight--without fad dieting
  • Reduce pain and allergies
  • Slow the aging process--inside and out
  • Dramatically reduce your risk for dozens of serious medical problems

Don't let this silent enemy sabotage your health. Protect your health today with The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan.

The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan will help you achieve your ideal weight--without fad dieting--while also reducing pain and allergies, slowing the aging process, and dramatically reducing your risk for dozens of medical problems. This flexible, easy-to-follow program is the ideal nutritional solution for every member of your family.

New findings about the health dangers of chronic low-grade inflammation have been dominating the headlines. This silent enemy quietly attacks your cells, blood vessels, and organs, often without a single symptom. Ultimately, the damage may lead to a host of serious problems, including diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and cancer. The aging effects of inflammation are especially visible on the skin, causing lines and wrinkles.

Experts now agree that an anti-inflammatory diet is the best way to manage your weight, improve your health and appearance, and prevent disease. And that's where The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan comes in.

At the heart of the program is the revolutionary IF Rating system that, for the first time, tells you the inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects of all the foods you eat. The IF Rating integrates more than twenty different nutritional factors, including essential fatty acids, glycemic index, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds into a single rating that guides your food choices for the day.

You no longer have to worry about choosing the right types of carbs or fats, or even counting calories--the IF Rating combines all those factors into a simple, holistic system for healthy eating! And unlike other programs that focus only on carbohydrates or fats, the IF Rating system also shows you which proteins are healthy and which provoke inflammation.

It all adds up to a uniquely healthful, easy-to-follow diet plan that fights illness and promotes weight loss. The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan gives you:

  • IF Ratings for more than 1,500 common foods, listed both alphabetically and by categories, such as "Cereal" and "Meat"
  • Self-assessments for measuring your level of systemic inflammation
  • A choice of three customizable eating plans: Preventative/Maintenance, Therapeutic, and Reduced-Calorie
  • Three weeks worth of daily meal plans and dozens of delicious anti-inflammatory recipes

With The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan, you'll learn how to stop the silent enemy in its tracks and get started on the road to a longer, healthier, more vibrant life--today.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel is the chief nutritionist and host of, the internet’s leading source for nutrition information and tools, and an editorial partner with the award-winning food and cooking website, Monica’s blog on is seen by more than 1 million viewers every month, and her biweekly e-letter goes out to a rapidly growing list of subscribers.

Consulting editor Julius Torelli, M.D., is the medical director of the Integrative Cardiology Center in High Point, North Carolina. A board-certified clinical cardiologist and internist, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and author of Beyond Cholesterol.

More About the Author

For more about me and what I'm up to, please visit my website at where I regularly post nutrition Q&A, videos, new recipes I've developed, and other fun stuff. Also, connect with me on Facebook and Twitter! Just search for NutritionDiva.

Customer Reviews

Please don't waste your time buying this book.
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It is amazing how much the foods that we eat affect our bodies, and this book is proof.
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Over all I found the book very easy to read and understand.
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179 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Ranch Girl on February 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Considering the inflammatory nature of the average American diet, the dietary recommendations in this book are a huge step in the right direction. Many of the health problems that are prevalent in our society are at least partially caused by inflammation (e.g. heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, arthritis). The author explains that many factors determine whether a particular food works in your body to fight or promote inflammation. Some of these factors include glycemic load, fat composition, antioxidant and vitamin content. She has created a formula that she uses to rate individual foods as to how inflammatory or anti-inflammatory they are.

About one third of the book is devoted to charts that rate individual foods. Another third is devoted to recipes and meal planning. The other third explains the factors that cause inflammation and how the diet plan works. Your goal in the diet is to make sure that all the foods you consume during a single day have an overall anti-inflammatory effect (by adding up the individual ratings of each food), and that you don't consume more than 65 grams of fat (55 grams for weight loss). It is a simple concept, but the calculations could be quite time-consuming. The information is useful even if you choose not to do the calculations.

There are some areas where I feel the author has fallen short. She doesn't mention the inflammatory xeno-estrogens in pesticides that also accumulate in animal fat. When she lists beef as an anti-inflammatory meat she doesn't mention whether she has taken into account all the hormones that are fed to cattle and end up being stored in beef fat. Surprisingly, blueberries are rated as slightly inflammatory.
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208 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Music lover on May 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
You're probably investigating this book because like me, you're already interested in the concept of "inflammatory foods" but you've spent a lot of time on the Internet trying to ascertain exactly which foods are inflammatory and which are not. You're found a lot of conflicting advice from the usual Oprah Gurus: Weil says avoid chicken, Perricone says chicken is great. Both say avoid pasta and sugar, and eat whole grains, but their fruit, veggie and legume lists vary. What to do?

Reinagel has attempted to clear the air by creating the "Inflammation Rating" (I.R.) system which weighs many factors such as glycemic load and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. Unfortunately, you're going to come away even more confused. Not only does she contradict nearly everything the other Oprah Gurus say (for example, with an I.R. of -135, a serving of highly touted whole grain millet is twice as inflammatory as a serving of pasta) but she contradicts HERSELF repeatedly.

For example, she writes "Certain foods...such as pineapple...have potent - almost druglike - anti-inflammatory actions...They can be used to great advantage in an inflammation-reducing diet." So then why does a cup of fresh pineapple appear in the Rating Chart at -37, a cup of canned -108? That's worse than a frozen waffle (-85)!

To her credit, she also repeatedly says you're supposed to use the rating chart to balance inflammatory foods with anti-inflammatory're NOT intended to avoid foods with negative ratings. For example, add onions or tumeric to those beans. And she warns against the monotonous consumption of so-called "super foods" and urges us instead to eat a varied, wholesome and colorful diet.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Linda Oetter-Ayres on September 16, 2010
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Regardless of the content. I must point out if you download this book on your Kindle, you will not be able to read the illustrations and none of all the "figures"( and there are a lot of them). You can not change the font size.Nor can you darken the print, for it is light gray. Secondly, many of the "in the box" text are incomplete.
So do not buy this book for your Kindle.
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243 of 283 people found the following review helpful By Happy Traveller on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed with this book. The author confuses inflammation with insulin resistance, and ends up with a mish-mash of ratings that make the mistake of trying to combine the two. There are already two great eating plans for insulin resistance, The Zone and South Beach. However, an anti-inflammatory diet is very different: foods like tomatoes, for example, should not be part of an anti-inflammatory eating plan. So I would suggest that readers looking for a true anti-inflammatory diet book, skip this one and instead take a look at The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, by Jessica K. Black, ND. You will find there lots of great recipes and a much more helpful (and accurate) table of "Foods to Eat" and "Foods to Avoid".
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By seeker on March 27, 2006
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I purchased this book because I knew that inflammation theory has a lot of credibility with Andrew Weil and some others in the medical community at present. A limitation of the book is that the reader is not told in any detail how the inflammation index that is so central to the plan is derived. Taking it on faith, I tried it and it did reveal some things: for example, a personal preference for fruit and whole-grains over vegetables that almost certainly was not an entirely good thing. It does give you a way to quantify those kinds of things, and it would be hard to imagine how it could be misused unless someone tried to slather huge quantities of anti-inflammatory curry and ginger on top of an unhealthy diet. All in all, a provocative book that doesn't contradict common-sense good principles of diet and will likely improve your diet and make you healthier if you take the trouble to do the math. Also, the recipes are good.
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