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March 07, 2009

Perricone Diet

The Perricone diet...oh dear, another bit of snake oil. While the Perricone Diet won't do you any harm (as long as you have no underlying conditions that is) it won't do you the good suggested.

The actual foods in the Perricone diet are fine. Pretty much a low cholestorol Mediterranean diet if we're to be honest.

All of these foods are extremely beneficial to your body when you eat them on a regular basis. Fish is listed as one of the must-haves for improving the health of your body, as they have plenty of protein and give good benefits to your system. Dr. Perricone suggests eating tofu, shell fish, poultry, and other low-fat meats and fish. It is also recommended that you eat carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index , such as vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole grains, as well as oatmeal, lentils, and beans.

All of that's true and quite possibly a little healthier than most people's normal diets. However, the Perricone diet goes on to make some rather silly claims.

All of these foods are anti-inflammatory foods naturally

Eh? What is this wibble about "inflammatory?" That part of the Perricone diet is explained over here.

It makes the redical link between skin ageing and inflammation, which if true could change many peoples perspectives on ageing. Perricone believes this connection is the single greatest precipitator of aging and the associated maladies - but it is not macro inflammation, but inflammation on the cellular scale that he is talking about. It’s based on the free radical theory of ageing.

Nonsense. Wibble in fact.

The truth about the Perricone diet is that it'll probably do you some good as it is indeed a reasonably healthy one. However, the "science" underlying it is rubbish. It's no more anti-ageing than any other reasonably healthy diet.

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Did you say fruits right? All I know is that fruits are good for the skin. If fruits are part of the foods listed on perricone diet, how come it affects on aging? I think I'll agree on what you have said that these are nonsense and wibble.

Posted by: Jasmine | Aug 7, 2009 10:23:13 AM