Top 10 Foods That Cause Inflammation and What To Eat Instead

Top 10 Foods That Cause Inflammation and What To Eat Instead

Eating foods that cause inflammation can lead to everything from weight gain to debilitating joint pain. By understanding the biggest culprits of inflammation, you will know what foods to avoid and what to eat instead. Here we outline the top ten foods that are causing inflammation in your body and replacement ideas.

#1: Sugar

While it is probably not a surprise that sugar should be limited in your diet, many people are blissfully unaware of just how much damage sugar can do. Our bodies cannot handle high glucose levels because we don’t have the means to process it quickly. As levels stay elevated, our body’s produce pro-inflammatory messengers known as cytokines to handle the excess.

Try Instead:

Look for foods that are high in protein to help balance your glucose level. If you are looking for a sweet treat try a piece of fruit or small piece of dark chocolate to curb the craving.

 

#2: Fried Foods

Fried foods are another major pitfall in terms of inflammation. Foods fried in vegetable oil contain high levels of inflammatory advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGE’s are a marker for inflammation. A study release by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine outlined that people who limited their intake of fried foods showed a significant drop in their level of AGEs.  This shows that the less fried food you eat, the lower your inflammation.

Try Instead:

Fortunately by limiting these foods you will see a decrease in inflammation. Foods prepares with healthier fat like olive or coconut oil can help you ward off inflammation.