I'm leery of the word "diet" because I think most are unhealthy and ineffective. But this O2 Diet, designed by nutritionist Keri Glassman, caught my eye. It's an eating plan based on consuming antioxidant-rich foods — not on counting calories or restricting what you eat.
Supposedly, eating foods that are high up on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale will improve your health inside and out. Developed by the USDA, the ORAC scale measures how well a food protects against free radicals, the damaging elements in our bodies that lead to many forms of cancer, heart disease, and symptoms of aging. Research shows that "eating a high-ORAC diet increases the antioxidant power of human blood 10 to 25 percent, improving memory and cognition, preventing cancer, improving skin, and aiding in weight loss."
Keri's plan involves eating 30,000 ORAC points a day. Just to give you a sense of what that means, one cup of blueberries contains 9,700 ORAC points, one ounce of dark chocolate contains 5,900 points, and half a cup of beans offers 7,800 points. The book explains which other foods are high on the ORAC scale and all the antioxidant powers they possess. Although this antioxidant-based program promises to "make you thin and beautiful," it seems like the more valuable outcome is improved overall health.
Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Tell me, have any of you tried the O2 Diet?