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Sound principles that have been done before
on January 22, 2010
I bought this book after seeing a blurb about it in Women's Health magazine, which is published by Rodale, also the publisher of this book. As a life-long fitness and nutrition enthusiast, I was intrigued by the whole antioxidant thing. The principles of this diet are the same as other diets--lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole grain carbs, and "good" fats such as nuts and olive oil. The focus on the antioxidants is just another spin on the same healthy eating approach that has been written about in countless other books and can be found in current mainstream news stories. Although new research is constantly emerging, the science behind antioxidants and what they really do for us is slippery at best--the author acknowledges this herself. What bothers me is her statement on page 9, "Although the current recommendations are that we eat between 3,000 and 5,000 ORAC points a day for optimum health, why not get all you can?" Considering the latest research concerning the adverse effects of consuming an overabundance of certain vitamins and minerals, perhaps this was an overstatement.
One pet peeve--she mentions some foods in certain chapters and then doesn't include them on the ORAC point chart. The charts are spread out through the book and I have to keep flipping around to find the ORAC points for certain foods. The chart from the website is also not consistent with the charts in the book (such as different serving sizes), which is irritating. The author mentions several times that coffee is very high in antioxidants but doesn't give the readers how many ORAC points are in a cup of coffee.
I never intended to do the cleanse nor follow her regimented eating plan; rather, my intent was to apply the principles to my eating. The book has made me more aware of what I put in my mouth (always good). I find the Abs Diet (another book published by Rodale) to be a much better philosophy towards overall eating, and one could then add some antioxidant-rich foods from the O2 Diet. You can go to [...] and download the food charts with all the ORAC points and skip buying the book. It would be great if someday in the future the ORAC score of a food will be a part of the nutritional label, so we can easily see how antioxidant-rich that food is.