What Foods Can Cause Inflammation?

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“Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food.” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil

Certain Foods Can Trigger Inflammation in the Body

Certain foods have the potential to trigger inflammation in the body.

Chronic inflammation is associated with various health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and certain types of cancer.

Though it depends on the person, we will look at foods that can lead to inflammation. These include:

  1. Processed and Refined Carbohydrates
  2. Trans Fats
  3. Saturated Fats
  4. Omega-6 Fatty Acids
  5. Excessive Alcohol
  6. Processed Meats
  7. High-Sodium Foods

Various Foods that Cause Inflammation

While individual responses to food can vary, here are some common culprits that may contribute to inflammation:

1. Processed and Refined Carbohydrates

Foods high in refined sugars, such as soda, pastries, white bread, and sugary cereals, can lead to a rapid spike in blood sugar levels, promoting inflammation.

2. Trans Fats

Trans fats are artificially created fats found in many processed and fried foods, including fried fast foods, packaged snacks, margarine, and some baked goods.

Trans fats promote inflammation and can raise the risk of heart disease.

3. Saturated Fats

While saturated fats in moderation can be part of a healthy diet, excessive consumption, particularly from sources like red meat, high-fat dairy products, and certain tropical oils (coconut and palm oil), can contribute to inflammation.

4. Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats, but excessive intake, especially when the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is imbalanced, may promote inflammation.

Familiar sources of omega-6 fatty acids include vegetable oils (soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower), processed foods, and salad dressings.

5. Excessive Alcohol

Alcohol consumption in large amounts or regularly can lead to inflammation in the body.

Alcohol can also negatively impact the liver and contribute to other health issues.

6. Processed Meats

Processed meats like sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and deli meats often contain additives, preservatives, and high sodium levels.

The processed meats listed above have been linked to increased inflammation and a higher risk of certain diseases.

7. High-Sodium Foods

Foods high in sodium, such as fast food, processed snacks, canned soups, and some condiments, can contribute to inflammation and water retention.

It’s important to note that individual responses to these foods can vary, and some people may be more sensitive to specific inflammatory triggers than others.

Additionally, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help reduce inflammation and promote overall health.

Next Steps to Your Health and Weight Loss Journey

If you have concerns about inflammation or specific dietary needs, it’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian who can provide personalized guidance based on your circumstances.

You have what it takes inside you to make a definite choice that will change the future trajectory of your health.

Our team at Tiger Medical has the experience, clinical skills, and coaching acumen to help you get your health and energy back.

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