Experts tout the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet

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Experts tout the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet. Registered Nurse Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on October 27, 2017. (WPVI)

Many health experts are touting the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet.

It's also the focus of a new restaurant in King of Prussia.

It's the Mediterranean Diet with a few tweaks, and it's not really a diet, it's full of fresh, tasty food that just happens to be good for you.

Action News met up with Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-famous holistic health guru, and Philadelphia native. He is also the co-founder of True Food Kitchen.

"I think many people imagine in order to eat healthy, you have to give up everything you like, and I'm showing them that's not true," he said.

The underlying philosophy for foods on the menu is they follow the anti-inflammatory diet.

Acute inflammation following a cut or injury helps with healing.

But internal, persistent inflammation has been linked to many chronic illnesses.

Dr. Weil says certain foods help turn this around.

He says the diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet- fresh vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil, fish and whole grains. But it also adds an Asian influence.

"Spices like turmeric and ginger, mushrooms like shitake mushrooms, and other spices" Dr. Weil said.

Plus carrots, leafy greens and other grains like quinoa and farro.

He says in order to prevent inflammation, limit foods that are refined, processed and manufactured.

"We don't use much flour, we don't use much sugar," Dr. Weil said.

Overall, it should leave you feeling good without depriving yourself.

"This is not a difficult way to eat, it's very satisfying," said Dr. Weil.

And Dr. Weil says anti-inflammatory foods are especially good for people with arthritis or auto-immune illnesses.

They could help to lessen symptoms.

More research is still needed, but we do know this is a healthy way to eat overall.
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