Chronic inflammation can lead to premature aging as well as many disorders and diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, hay fever, and Alzheimer’s disease. The following foods should be avoided completely or eaten rarely if you want to avoid inflammation.
Sugary foods in all their forms lead to inflammation. Cookies, cake, pie, ice cream, candy, doughnuts, pastries, and all other sugary treats are off limits if you want to lessen your inflammation load and keep your weight down.
Many people think fruit juice is healthy but it is pure sugar. Instead of drinking fruit juice, eat the whole fruit. Whole fruit contains fiber that slows down the metabolism of sugar and makes it less damaging to your body.
Egg rolls, French fries, fried chicken, fried vegetables, and anything else that is battered and deep fried is a top cause of inflammation.
Pasta, bagels, bread, rolls, muffins, pizza, pancakes, flour tortillas, and anything else made from white flour can lead to inflammation. Both white flour and whole wheat flour have a negative impact on the body. Instead, choose whole grains like brown rice.
Fast food is full of chemicals, preservatives, fillers, MSG, and other things nobody should be eating. When eating out, choose restaurants that use fresh ingredients.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Avoid margarine, vegetable shortening, and any packaged products that contain partially hydrogenated oils.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Foods high in omega-6 fatty acids encourage inflammation in the body. Most Americans get too much of it. Foods to avoid or limit include margarine, safflower oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and soybean oil. Many prepared foods contain oils high in omega-6 fatty acids. Avoid those products and when cooking at home use omega-3 oils like olive oil or canola oil.