Making the right food choices can help control and prevent chronic inflammation—here’s what you need to know.
Occasional inflammation, like a swollen sprained ankle or painful cut, is healthy. It's a sign that the body's immune system is healing injuries and fighting off bacteria. While a little bothersome, the inflammation is acute and goes away in a few days. But there's another type of inflammation that's not so healthy: chronic inflammation. It's triggered by the immune system responding to irritants or foreign compounds, often in food or the environment.
With no overt symptoms, chronic inflammation is a little harder to understand or even recognize. However, research has linked it with obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Foods that Cause Inflammation
These foods and habits can all cause inflammation in the body. Try to limit or eliminate them as much as possible.
Regularly eating more calories than your body needs
Trans and saturated fats
Refined carbs like white bread, white rice, etc.
High-fat meats and processed meats
Does Dairy Cause Inflammation?
Contrary to popular belief, dairy products like yogurt actually have an anti-inflammatory effect in most people. Yogurt reduces inflammation by supporting gut health. But saturated fat can promote inflammation, so choose lower-fat versions.
However, if you have a dairy allergy or sensitivity, continue to avoid dairy, as it will trigger an inflammatory response.
Do Nightshades Cause Inflammation?
Nightshade vegetables, such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes, are often blamed for arthritis inflammation due to their compound solanine. However, there's no conclusive research that they trigger inflammation. Nightshades are packed full of anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, so don't avoid them.
However, if eating a specific one triggers pain or inflammation symptoms, it likely isn't the entire nightshade family, but rather a sensitivity to one that can be eliminated.
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