Foods That Cause Inflammation

There are specific groups of foods that cause inflammation.

Foods with refined sugar and high glycemic values will increase insulin levels which in turn causes an imbalance, which results in an inflammatory process.

Examples of high (GI) foods are white rice, sweet foods, junk foods and snacks such as pretzels, potato chips and popcorn, refined white flour, gluten-containing grains, corn syrups, regular pasta, sweetened cereals, pastries such as cakes, donuts, muffins and pies, and fast food.

Soda and alcoholic beverages, most especially beers, also have a high sugar intake and should be eliminated from the diet.

The List of Foods That Cause Inflammation Main Page looks at the foods that cause inflammation in a list form.

It Starts at the Cellular Level

So the first step in battling inflammation on a cellular level is to watch your diet. The most important part, the glycemic load, essential fatty acid intake, and food sensitivities.

Sensitivities can include natural proteins found in foods like casein and gluten (in dairy and wheat). These can kick start an inflammatory cascade.

Foods that are high in trans fats cause the formation of LDL’s, or “bad cholesterol,” which brings on inflammation in the arteries. Trans fats also create enemy insurgent cells called free radicals that damage healthy cells, resulting in inflammation. Incidentally, boosting your glutathione works in two ways to combat this process.

Aging causes foods we tolerated at a younger age, like dairy and wheat, to trigger a chronic low-grade indigestion or other minor symptoms. In reality, our immune system kicks in to gear followed by an inflammation process.

Foods that cause Inflammation

Not all foods will cause inflammation for everyone. Some foods contribute to inflammation in one person and not in another. To develop an inflammation free diet requires ruling out which foods to use and which to avoid.

Foods that are high in carbohydrates, saturated fats and trans fats are the types of food that makes the body susceptible to inflammation. There is also an increased risk for individuals who lack protein and fiber in their regular diet.

Foods that are high in LDL cholesterol must also be avoided to decrease the risk for inflammation.

These same oils contain almost no omega-3’s (found in rich supply in cold water fish, phytoplankton, and flax seed), which have natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Foods High in Trans Fats

Trans fats are unsaturated fats. They are not essential fats and they do not promote good health. Many health authorities consider them harmful to our health. How harmful? Scientific studies associate them with...

Coronary Heart Disease (High Levels of Bad Cholesterol and Low Good Cholesterol)
Liver Dysfunction Stroke

NoteYou will not be able to eliminate trans fats entirely your diet or life. It just is not possible. You can make it your goal to reduce your trans fat intake as much as possible. There are some very simple suggestions or alternatives for some high trans fat foods listed below.

The most basic step you can take is reading and avoiding where you can.

If, on the package label, you read "hydrogenated oil" or “partially hydrogenated oil," then the food will probably have trans fats.

Hydrogenation is a chemical process that transforms liquid oils into solid fats. The tide is turning against trans fats. Since January 2006, all food manufacturers are required to list trans fat content on food labels.

Hydrogenation creates a food that tends to raise the total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels. They are used to improve the shelf life of processed foods like cookies, cakes, fries and donuts.

I have a theory: You can eat enough Twinkies that eventually you will be preserved alive even though you die.

In time there will be more on foods that cause inflammation. Please return for updates.

Foods That Cause Inflammation Main Page and look at the list of foods that cause inflammation.

Go to Types of Inflammation Main Page and look at the specific types of inflammation.

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