Several experts, like registered dietitian Annessa Chumbley, support the diet, while others have their doubts. Chumbley is a fan of eating not just to prevent disease, but to promote health, energy and a higher quality of life. "The great thing about this diet is that by addressing inflammation, many answers manifest for people: energy increases; brain fog and achy joints decrease."
There's a certain appeal to having guidelines to follow, said registered dietitian Carolyn Williams. If you're going to choose a diet to follow, this is one of the better ones, in her opinion. "Any time you cut out added sugars, processed foods and refined grains, you'll achieve some weight loss and an increase in energy," Williams said. Since chronic inflammation is thought to be the underlying cause of many diseases, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, diabetes and cancer, "everyone would benefit by following a more anti-inflammatory eating regimen," she said.
Nutrition consultant Bonnie Taub-Dix , author of "Read It Before You Eat It" and founder of BetterThanDieting.com, said that you need not be an athlete, strict dieter, or Super Bowl winner to include beneficial anti-inflammatory foods in your diet. "Foods like seafood, whole grains, nuts, seeds, tofu and an array of fruits and vegetables can make any diet shine," she said.
Yet, Taub-Dix is mixed on Brady's avoidance of nightshade foods (like potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant). "These do have anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which for some, could reduce inflammation," she said.