Inflammation is an inherent part of the body’s healing system. However, chronic low grade inflammation is extremely dangerous, as it sets the stage for serious health conditions including heart diseases and dementia. There are numerous foods which can initiate and even aggravate the problem of chronic inflammation. It is extremely important to have an in-depth knowledge of these foods, in order to avoid them.
Here Are Top 10 Inflammatory Foods You Should Avoid Eating :
White bread, which has become a staple in our daily diet, is rich in refined carbohydrates and hence has a high glycemic index (70). Eating refined carbohydrate rich foods like white bread (which add little nutritive value to your daily diet), can lead to a marked spike in blood sugar (as they enter the blood stream faster) and ultimately raise insulin levels as well. A dramatic increase in circulating insulin levels can lead to a pro-inflammatory response, which can cause chronic inflammation.
Most people cannot digest milk as they are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance can lead to severe inflammatory response including acne, diarrhea, constipation, hives and breathing difficulty. To guard against inflammation it is best to consume low fat dairy products like low fat milk.
Red meat contains a compound called Neu5Gc. The human body does not produce Neu5Gc, even though most other mammals still produce this compound. The presence of Neu5Gc in the blood stream can lead to severe immune response, which can lead to chronic inflammation. In the long run, chronic inflammation caused by eating red meat can cause cancer.
Drinking alcohol excessively can lead to a sudden rise in the levels of C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker). A sustained rise in C-reactive protein (which is produced by the liver) levels can lead to chronic inflammatory heart diseases. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can also lead to inflammation of the liver and the larynx. Uncontrolled chronic inflammation is one of the important causative agents for cancer.
It is advisable to consume eggs in moderation, as otherwise it can lead to chronic inflammatory disease conditions. Eggs contain arachidonic acid (AA or ARA). Arachidonic acid which is a polyunsaturated Omega-6 fatty acid is broken down into inflammatory mediators like leukotrienes and prostaglandins by the body. An increase in leukotriene production is typically accompanied by the production of histamines (which causes inflammation).
Mayonnaise contains high amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids (polyunsaturated fatty acids) are pro-inflammatory fats which are extremely harmful for health. Consuming pro-inflammatory fats can trigger inflammation through out the body. Ideally, people who suffer from chronic inflammation should limit or avoid consuming foods like mayonnaise.
Although French fries are a delightful accompaniment to any meal they should be consumed in moderation. Preparing foods at extremely high temperature (deep frying) can produce a neurotoxin called acrylamide. Medical research has shown that increased levels of acrylamide in the blood stream can lead to chronic inflammation through out the body. Additionally, preparing foods at exceptionally high temperature can also produce Advanced Glycation End Products (AGES). The immune cells secrete large amounts of inflammatory cytokines into the blood stream, when the body tries to break down AGES.
Nuts are choc a bloc with healthy fats. However, consuming nuts excessively can cause elevated amounts of histamines to be released into the blood stream. Medical research has indicated that higher than normal levels of histamine in the blood stream can lead to joint inflammation. For this reason people suffering joint inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis should consume nuts in moderation.
Soft drinks are highly sweetened beverages. Consuming high sugar foods and beverages can lead to a sudden rise in blood sugar levels. Rapid rise in blood sugar levels will automatically lead to a rise in insulin levels as well – which can cause the body to release pro-inflammatory cytokines. Pro-inflammatory cytokines can lead to chronic inflammation.
People who are prone to chronic inflammation should avoid vegetable oils like cottonseed oil, soybean oil, safflower oil and corn oil at all cost. Vegetable oils are loaded with trans fat (unhealthy fat). Vegetable oils also contain high amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are converted to eicosanoids which can are known for their pro-inflammatory properties.