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These 14 Inflammation Causing Foods Must Be Avoided at All Costs
You’ve heard ofِ inflammation — yourِ body’s natural response toِ protect youِ andِ repair damaged tissue afterِ you’re hurt.
And thisِ process isِ vital, asِ without it, you’d beِ more likelyِ to die ofِ anِ infected wound.
Inflammation hasِ saved yourِ life onِ manyِ occasions withoutِ you evenِ knowing it, saysِ Live Science.
Sorry, cheese andِ ice cream lovers, butِ dairy canِ cause a variety ofِ issues related toِ inflammation.
If you’re lactose intolerant, thenِ consuming thisِ sugar foundِ in milk isِ sure toِ give youِ problems.
Even ifِ lactose isn’t yourِ issue, manyِ people respond poorly toِ casein andِ whey, twoِ proteins foundِ in dairy products.
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Next: We know you love pasta, but avoid this type of grain.
2. Refined grains
There’s a reason yourِ doctor hasِ told youِ toِ stick withِ wholeِ grains whenِ possible.
This means refined grains haveِ very littleِ fiber, vitamins, orِ minerals.
This causesِ rapid blood sugar spikes duringِ mealtime, whichِ ultimately canِ lead toِ chronic inflammation andِ a wealth ofِ diseases, likeِ diabetes.
Next: You’ll want to think twice before reaching for that Diet Coke.
3. Diet foods with artificial sweeteners
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Just becauseِ it’s approved byِ the FDA doesn’t necessarily meanِ you shouldِ beِ eating it.
Artificial sweeteners areِ in allِ your favorite diet products, butِ some evidence suggests youِ mightِ beِ better offِ consuming actual sugar.
The Arthritis Foundation says if youِ alreadyِ have anِ autoimmune condition, thenِ itِ may haveِ anِ impact onِ your health.
Next: You’ll want to limit how much of these you’re eating daily.
4. Fried foods
You knowِ byِ now thatِ eating anythingِ deep fried isn’t doingِ your waistline anyِ favors, butِ it’s alsoِ deeply hurting theِ insideِ of yourِ body, too.
Fried foods containِ loads ofِ saturated fat, whichِ theِ journal Advances inِ Nutrition notes can lead toِ anِ inflammatory response.
And Mother Nature Network saysِ frying foods creates a neurotoxin chemical thatِ alsoِ causes issues.
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Next: It’s time to rethink what you’re putting on your sandwich.
5. Processed meats
We knowِ bacon isِ a favorite food forِ many, andِ you probablyِ haven’t considered howِ your daily ham sandwich isِ affecting yourِ health, butِ bothِ of theseِ meats areِ highly inflammatory.
In fact, anyِ meat that’s beenِ processed andِ packaged shouldِ beِ avoided likeِ the plague.
And thereِ was evenِ a study performed onِ 1,000 adults, aboutِ half ofِ whom hadِ asthma, toِ seeِ howِ a diet rich inِ processed meats affected theirِ condition.
Next: Fan of happy hour? Maybe you shouldn’t be.
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Sorry — weِ knowِ you’ve heard thatِ your glass ofِ red wine atِ dinner isِ helping yourِ heart, butِ this mayِ not reallyِ beِ the case.
While anِ alcoholic beverage hereِ andِ there isn’t suchِ a big deal, goingِ out drinking onِ a consistent basis canِ cause a seriousِ inflammatory response andِ increase yourِ risk ofِ developing disease.
An article fromِ the World Journal ofِ Gastroenterology explains chronic alcohol consumption impairs howِ well yourِ gut andِ livers works, thusِ leading toِ inflammation andِ organ damage.
7. Sugar-laden desserts
You probablyِ knowِ this byِ now, butِ your sweet tooth mayِ beِ increasing yourِ risk ofِ developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, andِ even arthritis.
Healthline notes theِ types ofِ sugar you’re mostِ likelyِ eating tooِ muchِ of areِ table sugar, knownِ asِ sucrose, andِ high-fructose corn syrup.
One study foundِ those whoِ consumed soft drinks sweetened withِ sucrose wereِ producing higher levels ofِ uric acid inِ their body, whichِ drives inflammation.
Next: Ditch this classic movie theater snack.
8. Movie theater popcorn
That small bag ofِ movie theater popcorn mayِ seem innocent, butِ it’s actuallyِ full ofِ saturated andِ trans fats thatِ canِ cause a huge inflammatory response.
The New York Times notes mostِ theaters pop theirِ corn inِ hydrogenated coconut oil, andِ that “butter” youِ canِ add onِ top isِ just moreِ partially-hydrogenated oil.
And trans fats areِ a disaster forِ your body, asِ they causeِ a significant amount ofِ systematic inflammation.
Next: Your favorite foods probably have this in them.
9. Artificial coloring
You probablyِ didn’t knowِ artificial food dyes canِ make youِ sick, butِ it’s certainlyِ something toِ keepِ inِ mind. As oneِ study says, artificial dyes areِ made fromِ petroleum, andِ they’re cheaper andِ last longer thanِ dyes madeِ naturally. The problem hereِ is theseِ dyes canِ bind withِ body proteins andِ create inflammation.
Next: You probably use this food all the time when you cook.
10. Vegetable oil
Omega-3 fatty acids haveِ beenِ making waves inِ the health world forِ their benefits. On theِ otherِ side ofِ the coin, omega-6s areِ a major causeِ of inflammation. Shape notes vegetable oils likeِ soy, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, andِ safflower areِ allِ rich sources ofِ omega-6 fatty acids.
Next: Your favorite add-ons may actually cause inflammation.
11. Seasoning mixes
Your spice cabinet seemsِ innocent, butِ Shape saysِ your seasonings canِ actuallyِ trigger anِ inflammatory response. So, what’s theِ deal withِ your spices. Many ofِ the mixes areِ incredibly high inِ sodium (we’re lookingِ atِ you, taco seasoning).
Next: This soy product is gaining popularity, but is it good for you?
Vegans andِ vegetarians everywhereِ have probablyِ told youِ aboutِ the wonders ofِ seitan. While itِ canِ mimic theِ taste andِ texture ofِ meat, it’s alsoِ made entirelyِ from gluten. Many people canِ eat gluten-heavy foods withoutِ noticing anyِ ill effects.
Next: This tasty snack can actually cause inflammation.
We’re hoping byِ now youِ knowِ not toِ beِ deceived byِ the nameِ of theِ peanut, asِ it’s notِ a nut atِ all. It’s a legume rich inِ protein thatِ makeِ itِ a healthful snacking option forِ many toِ reach for. While thoseِ with anِ allergy certainlyِ can’t eat peanuts, there’s anotherِ issue thatِ canِ cause inflammation — naturally occurring fungi foundِ on theِ legume.
Next: You may need to limit your consumption of this food.
Research continually shows differentِ data concerningِ the health effects ofِ eating red meat. While weِ knowِ too muchِ of anythingِ is neverِ good, theِ Independent explains a newِ study suggests eating unprocessed red meat inِ large quantities increases theِ risk ofِ developing anِ inflammatory bowel condition. But evenِ so, you’ll wantِ toِ atِ least eat grass-fed beef overِ grain-fed toِ makeِ sure you’re notِ causing anِ inflammatory response inِ your digestive system.
Next: Food isn’t all you should be concerned about.
Here’s what you can do to reduce inflammation
Aside fromِ avoiding theseِ foods, youِ canِ make lifestyle changesِ to seeِ some anti-inflammatory benefits. Nutritionist Kellyann Petrucci tells mindbodygreen youِ shouldِ stay awayِ from antibiotics, antacids, andِ certain over-the-counter pain relievers. You shouldِ also, ofِ course, getِ your body moving regularly, sleep forِ atِ least sevenِ hours a night, andِ get plenty ofِ sunlight forِ much-needed vitamin D.