New England quarterback, Tom Brady, and wife, Gisele Bündchen, apparently eat a very restrictive, “anti-inflammatory” diet.

The quarterback says he doesn’t drink caffeine and has never tried coffee in his life.

According to their private chef, the couple doesn’t eat white sugar, white flour, MSG, fungus, dairy, iodized salt, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms or eggplants because they are not anti-inflammatory.

Read: Should you be cutting down on gluten?

What is inflammation?

On the one hand, inflammation, as in an immune response, is essential for your health. This is why your skin reddens as it fights off bacteria when you have a cut.

Harmful inflammation exists as well and happens when your body’s immune system revs up its engines unnecessarily. C-reactive protein is a blood marker of inflammation and is higher in people who are obese, sedentary, unhealthy eaters and has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Read: Is bacteria to blame for obesity?

Does eating an anti-inflammatory diet decrease C-reactive protein levels?

The science says that cutting out junk food (donuts, saturated fat, fries, etc.) seems to be sufficient. Tom Brady’s diet is unlikely to have any added anti-inflammatory benefits.

The ultimate anti-inflammatory diet:

According to Harvard cardiologist, Christopher Cannon, an anti-inflammation diet consists of the following: lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meat and fish, and whole grains. There’s no need to start eliminating nightshades like tomatoes, which actually play a key role in an anti-inflammatory diet.

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