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7 Foods That Cause Inflammation & How It Affects The Body

You’ve probably heard that inflammation means bad news for your health. If inflammation becomes chronically activated, it certainly is bad for your health. If it is tightly controlled, however, it functions as a beneficial immune response against viruses and bacteria and helps to heal wounds.

If your body is chronically inflamed, your health will certainly take a hit. Your body will experience long-term consequences in the form of disease or accelerated aging due to the constant destructive assault by oxidative stress on the proteins, fats, and DNA that make up your tissues [1].

In the modern world, many people experience chronic inflammation as a result of unnatural and unhealthy diets, stress, and toxic chemical exposure.

Inflammation signals cause your immune cells to produce oxidative stress that is meant to kill pathogens but can cause extensive damage to your own body if activated for too long.

If your body is chronically inflamed, your health will certainly take a hit. Your body will experience long-term consequences in the form of disease or accelerated aging due to the constant destructive assault by oxidative stress on the proteins, fats, and DNA that make up your tissues [1].

Cutting Inflammation Out of Your Diet

To be sure, you definitely want to stop this destruction caused by inflammation! And the first step in doing so is to cut out foods that are improperly activating inflammation in your body.

Here’s a list of problematic foods to eliminate:

1. Corn, Soy, and Canola Seed Oil

Many food manufacturers use cheap vegetable oils in their products like those from corn, soy, and canola seed. These oils are high in omega 6 fatty acids, which promote inflammation [2].

Omega 6 fats are the precursors to inflammatory molecules, whereas omega 3 fats are precursors to anti-inflammatory molecules. If you’re eating too much omega 6, and not enough omega 3, your body will experience inflammation overload.

Corn oil, for instance is a cheap vegetable oil that is used in many packaged and baked foods. You can find it in cookies, chips, cakes, cereals, etc.

2. Chicken

Chicken sounds so benign. It’s a healthy lean meat, right? The whole story is more complicated and chicken could be feeding the flames of inflammation in your body.

Two things make chicken potentially inflammatory: AGEs and arachidonic acid. Meats that are baked, roasted, grilled, or cooked at high temperatures are full of inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

Once you eat AGEs, they trigger a cascade of inflammation in your body and damage your tissues [3]. And unfortunately, baked, roasted, or grilled chicken is very high in AGEs.

Chicken also has some of the highest levels of arachidonic acid out of all foods [4].  This fatty acid is the precursor to many pro-inflammatory compounds in the body and researchers have raised concerns that consumption of a lot of arachidonic acid could increase inflammation in our bodies [5][6].

3. Refined Grains (In White Bread, Pizza, Pastries, Noodles)

Minimize white bread, pastries, pasta, and any food that uses grains that have the fiber taken out of them.

Real, whole grains retain their natural, darker color. Whole grains still have their natural fiber and antioxidant content unlike their processed forms.

Fiber is critical for slowing down the absorption of sugar from grains so that it doesn’t over-activate your immune system and cause inflammation [7]. Research shows that diets high in refined grains are linked to higher inflammation [7].

4. Soft Drinks

Sugary drinks, especially those rich in high-fructose corn syrup, dramatically raise blood sugar levels, which leads to inflammation [8]. High-sugar diets are clearly and “significantly” associated with with higher levels of C-reactive protein, a molecule that indicates inflammation throughout the body [9].

Consuming large amounts of fructose also generates toxic, inflammation-producing AGE compounds in your body [10].

5. Processed Meat

Bacon, hot dogs, ham, salami, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky are all considered processed meats - meaning that they’ve been cured or smoked to improve taste and expand their shelf life. They are generally considered unhealthy because of carcinogenic compounds they contain.

Processed meats are associated with higher inflammation levels in multiple studies[11] [12].

6. French Fries

French fries contain an overload of inflammatory things that you’ve just read about - omega 6 fatty acids and AGEs. It’s no surprise then that diets containing french fries have been associated with increased inflammation [13]

French fries also can spike your blood sugar, leading to inflammation [14].

7. (Excessive) Alcohol

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of wine with dinner but if you overdo the booze, you’re gonna be in for an inflammatory mess.

Drinking too much can cause an inflammatory cascade in your intestines, which in turn can increase inflammation throughout your body by impairing proper digestion [15]

However, remember that relaxing with one drink has actually been shown to reduce inflammation [16]

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