Everyday foods are linked to inflammation this might not sound like a big deal but when you consider that most chronic conditions like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and obesity have been linked to inflammation. Low grade inflammation is a factor in most health issues. Here are our picks for the top inflammatory foods:
Processed, packaged, or prepared food : Fast food is atop the list of inflammatory foods thanks to the harmful oils, sugar and artificial sweeteners, food additives, and a whole host of bad ingredients.
Hydrogenated and trans fats :found in heavy butter or products made with them. That includes baked goods, cookies, pies, buns. Of course there are healthier alternatives to these baked goods but most grocery stores and bakeries are using these harmful ingredients.
Meat (not wild-caught fish). Meat and poultry tend to cause inflammation so make them the background of your meals not the main dish and try not to have them more than 3 times a week.
Fried foods: French fries, onion rings, potato chips, nachos, hamburgers, and all other foods fried in heavy oils which are very bad for your health.
White sugar and sweets: Including soft drinks and sweetened juices. Newer research is showing that sugar is one of the most addictive substances you can use. It’s also highly inflammatory. You don’t need to eliminate sugar and sweets altogether but simply reduce your consumption and choose fruit as your “go to” food when you’re craving something sweet.