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Top 12 Foods that Cause Inflammation

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Top 12 Foods that Cause Inflammation

Everyday foods like bacon, eggs, coffee and dairy products are linked to inflammation. That might not sound like a big deal but when you consider that most chronic conditions like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and obesity have been linked to inflammation. Low grade inflammation is a factor in most health issues.  And if you suffer a pain disorder, you better believe that inflammatory foods will aggravate the condition.

Try reducing your consumption of these foods with the goal of eliminating them completely. The same holds true for alcohol and fried foods – both of these have been known to irritate and worsen arthritis

Many common foods in the Standard North American Diet can cause or exacerbate inflammation in the body.

Here are my picks for the top 12 inflammatory foods:

1.  What I call the “3 Ps”–Processed, packaged, or prepared foods. And, yes, fast food is atop the list of inflammatory foods thanks to the harmful oils, sugar and artificial sweeteners, food additives, and a whole host of nasty ingredients.

2.  Hydrogenated and trans fats found in margarine, shortening, lard or products made with them. That includes baked goods, cookies, pies, buns. Of course there are healthier alternatives to these baked goods but most grocery stores and bakeries are using these harmful ingredients.

3.  Meat (not wild-caught fish). I’m not suggesting that you have to go vegan or vegetarian here although a plant-based diet tends to be much lower in inflammatory substances but meat and poultry tend to cause inflammation so make them the background of your meals not the main dish.

Keep reading to discover more inflammatory foods…

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3:47AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014


1:49PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Thanks for the information. These are foods worth staying away from or consuming in great moderation.

1:40PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Actually Wheat is one grain that does not contain GMOs. It is CORN products that contain GMOs and should be avoided. Some form of CORN is in most processed, packaged and prepared foods, including sugar, unless labelled "cane sugar" and beef, unless it's grass-fed. Study up on this. If you continue to buy unhealthy foods, manufacturers will continue to poison us.

6:59PM PST on Nov 17, 2013


7:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Thanks for the article, Michelle. It looks like most foods cause inflammation!

9:24AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

No surprises with this story. We should all know better and do better

9:20AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

thank you

2:57AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013


7:20AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Good to know . Thank you.

10:41PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thank you for info.

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