The 6 Most Common Inflammatory Foods

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Studies relate chronic inflammation to the deadliest diseases of the modern era, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Yet, this is no surprise if you consider the inflammatory foods we consume daily.

These are the 6 most common inflammatory foods you need to avoid:

White Bread
White bread is rich in refined carbohydrates, which are almost immediately converted into glucose in the body. This raises the insulin levels and creates a perfect environment for inflammation.

On the other hand, the findings of a 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition indicate that the consumption of whole grain bread significantly lowers the risk of inflammation.

Certain Types of Dairy

Yes, some types of dairy contain gut-friendly probiotics; however, eating certain types of dairy actually promotes inflammation. Individuals with chronic pain should watch their consumption of processed dairy products, such as whole milk, sugar-loaded yogurts, and processed cheeses. Fermented dairy products like Greek yogurt and milk kefir are good choices.

Fried Foods
High temperatures cause the formation of advanced glycation end products, which are foreign to the body, and it treats them as inflammation. Those French fries and chicken nuggets may taste delicious, but they also cause inflammation. Fried foods produce advanced glycation end products, more commonly known as AGEs. These compounds directly stimulate inflammation in the body.

Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oils (corn, soy, and sunflower) are extremely high in inflammation-causing omega-6 fatty acids. Therefore, use olive oil instead, which is rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

Alcohol
Some studies suggest that one drink per day, such as red wine, is good for optimal health. However, overindulgence leads to health problems. When the body breaks down alcohol, it creates byproducts that spike levels of inflammation. People should drink responsibly and always follow a drink with water.

The Three ‘Ps’

The term was invented by Michelle Schoffro, and it refers to all processed, packaged and prepared foods. These foods are highly inflammatory, so avoid all foods prepared thus, and forget about soda, candy, cereals, and processed cheese.

If you start making these changes into your diet, you will experience multiple health benefits, and you will significantly lower your risk of inflammation.

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