Did you know that there are certain foods that you might be consuming frequently that are increasing inflammation and harming your health? These foods not only promote chronic inflammation, but can also increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is your body’s natural response to fight harmful pathogens, damaged cells or irritants. When individuals consume foods that increase inflammation in the body the body starts processes that cause damage to various cells. Here are the top 7 foods that promote inflammation:
Sugar is found in many processed foods such as desserts, pastries, chocolate bars, sodas, alcohol, and even fruit juices. Sugar may often be listed as fructose, sucrose, dextrose in the ingredients list.Sugar stimulates the release of cytokines which promote inflammation.
Saturated fats trigger inflammation of fat cells. This is an indicator for heart disease and worsens arthritis. The commonest sources of saturated fats in the diet are meat and dairy products.
Trans fats are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and are known to promote inflammation.
OMEGA 6 FATTY ACIDS
Excess consumption of Omega 6 fatty acids trigger inflammation. Omega 6 Fatty Acids are high in the following oils: sunflower, safflower, corn and soy.
White rice, white flour and white potatoes, fuel the production of advanced glycation (AGEs) end products which stimulate inflammation. AGEs are oxidants that promote inflammation by altering the cell structure and body proteins
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG)
MSG is a flavor enhancer used frequently in Oriental cooking items such as soy sauce, soup mixes, salad dressings, and deli meats. This chemical can trigger two important pathways of chronic inflammation, and affect liver health.
GLUTEN & CASEIN
These are common allergens that promote inflammation in sensitive individuals (e.g. those with celiac disease, arthritis). Gluten is often found in wheat, barley and rye. Casein is found in milk and dairy products,