It is a phrase that you can see quite a bit around the internet. Like all the buzzwords, it tends to lose its weight with a frequent usage. However, make no mistake – the chronic inflammation is a very serious thing. Scientists have actually connected it to the America’s deadliest diseases, among which is heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and stroke.
Having that in mind,it’s not very hard to see why all these conditions are so common in America. Just take a look at the regular American diet; it’s absolutely filled with different inflammatory foods and ingredients. Let’s take a look at the worst offenders.
6 Common Inflammatory Foods You Should Avoid
#1 – Fried Foods
The high temperature cooking sparks the formation of the advanced glycation end products. The human body treats these compounds as foreign and it responds with inflammation. After all, the inflammation is simply the body’s response to a perceived infection.
You should think about that the next time you feel like biting into one piece of fried chicken or shoving some French fries into your mouth.
#2 – The Three ‘Ps’
Michelle Schoffro Cook over at Care2 lumps processed,prepared packaged and foods into a big inflammatory category which she calls ‘the three Ps.’
The foods in this category tend to contain numerous harmful oils, sugar,trans fats, and additives such as MSG – and all of them damage the body’s cells and push it into inflammation overdrive.
You just need to say no to candy, processed cheese, soda and fancy cereal.
#3 – Vegetable Oil
It seems very counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? How could something that contains vegetables possibly be bad? Oh, believe me,the vegetable oils are very bad.
For the purpose of this piece, everything you need to know is that the vegetable oils (soy, cornand sunflower, to be exact) contain a very dangerous amount of inflammation-causing omega-6 fatty acids. Olive oil, that contains more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, is the one you should use.
#4 – White Bread
White bread contains plenty of refined carbohydrates. The body processes these carbs into glucose with alarming speed, increasing theinsulin levels in the process. You may guess what this environment is conducive to?Yes, inflammation!
Conversely, a study from2012 in the Journal of Nutrition reports that consuming whole grain bread instead of the white variety will significantly lower your risk of inflammation.
#5 – Cow’s Milk
The cow’s milk is actually one of the most inflammatory foods out there. There are 2 factors that should be blamed for this – the milk’s lactose and its proteins. These ingredients are totally fantastic for the calves; it helps them put on weight very quickly. However humans are not calves and this is made quite evident in the way that our body reacts to milk.
The skimming process won’t help either; it actually makes the milk more inflammatory.
#6 – Alcohol
Our body responds very harshly to alcohol because it tries to break the booze down, the toxins arecreatedand they damage your liver cells. And you know what it causes – inflammation.
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