Foods That Cause Inflammation

If you find yourself constantly battling inflammation, these nine foods could be to blame.

Steer Clear of These Foods

Inflammation is the root of a variety of issues from bloating to joint pain to more serious health conditions like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s if it persists long-term. If you find yourself constantly battling inflammation, the foods you eat may be to blame. Check your diet for these nine inflammation-causing foods, and find out what you should be eating instead.

White Bread

Many Americans overdo it on refined carbohydrates like white bread, which can add many “empty calories” to our diet. Too many calories over time, leads to weight gain and a variety of chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease, which all trigger inflammation.

French Fries

Eating fries and other foods high in saturated fat can trigger inflammation in fat tissue, which is an indicator for heart disease, and can also worsen the inflammation associated with arthritis.

Regular Soda

Added sugar is the inflammation-triggering culprit in soda. Women with higher inflammatory markers were found to eat more sugar-sweetened soft drinks compared to women who did not have high inflammatory markers, according to a study published in American Society for Clinical Nutrition that examined the eating pattern of women through the Nurses’ Health Study. Bottom line, stick with sparkling water instead.

Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are made up entirely of processed meat, filled with saturated fat, which can lead to conditions like heart disease which is associated with excess inflammation. If you’re looking for something to eat at your next cookout, stick with a grilled chicken sandwich or burger made with lean ground beef.

Salad Dressing

Store-bought salad dressings are made with oils like safflower, sunflower, and vegetable oil, which are rich in omega-6. Omega-6 fats can be found in food and are needed for normal growth and development. However, overdoing it can cause the body to produce inflammatory chemicals. You’re better off whipping up your own salad dressing using omega-3 filled olive or canola oil.

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