Avoiding Foods That Cause Inflammation

When people experience arthritis, joint pain, unexplained swelling and other such bothersome conditions, there could be a myriad of reasons. Sometimes, it’s merely a symptom of an underlying disease. But there are also times that it’s triggered or exacerbated by foods that cause inflammation. Controlling your diet is an important part of keeping a healthy lifestyle. Not only for weight control, but also because there are certain types of food that can do your body more harm than good.

Worst Foods that Cause Inflammation

Jasmine Supplement_Foods That Cause InflammationThis article by the Huffington Post lists the worst food items that can cause inflammation in your body. Here are a few of them:

  1. Trans fats – can damage the cells in the lining of the blood vessels
  2. White bread, pasta, and foods — these foods can easily break down into sugar
  3. Cheeseburgers – they contain a lot of animal and saturated fat
  4. Alcohol – too much of this can cause bacteria to easily pass through the intestinal lining
  5. MSG – this preservative and flavor enhancer can cause inflammation, particularly liver inflammation, as this study outlines
  6. Gluten – can also cause bloating

It’s Not Just About “Unhealthy” Food

It’s normal to think that the food we typically label as “unhealthy” are the foods that cause inflammation. This is why most people are already moving away from processed and packaged food, as well as fast food – which are all packed with artificial sweeteners, additives, and harmful oils. People also avoid hydrogenated and trans fats, which are commonly found in mass-produced baked goods, margarine, shortening and lard.

While people are becoming wiser about their choices these days, it’s important to note that it’s no longer just about the “unhealthy” food. According to an article by Dr. Edward F. Group III, there are also foods that we normally label as “healthy” that can lead to inflammation in certain people if taken in large quantities. Here are some examples:

  • Yogurt that’s nutritionally equivalent to ice cream (with a lot of fat and sugar)
  • Tomatoes (for those who have a sensitivity to solanine)
  • Citrus fruits (for those with citrus allergy)
  • Nuts, especially for those suffering from osteoarthritis
  • Oats, especially for those with celiac disease
  • Processed rice and wheat

Reading Labels

Knowing and understanding these foods that cause inflammation will certainly help people make more informed choices. This is very important especially for those who have a high risk factor for inflammation, like people with pre-existing conditions.Take time to ingredient read labels. Whenever possible, buy fresh whole foods from the exterior of the store.

By taking a proactive approach to eating, you may experience a reduction or total elimination of discomfort caused by inflammation. In a world that’s so used to processed and pre-packaged food, it can be a challenge to avoid all foods that cause inflammation. Still, it’s important to read the labels and make wise choices. Prevention is always better than cure.

About Valerie Springfield

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