Top 7 Inflammatory Foods to Avoid Like the Plague

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Eating bad foods can make you feel like crap, lead to weight gain and cause all sorts of health problems. Everyday foods like bacon, eggs, coffee and dairy products have a strong link to inflammation. Inflammation is something that happens inside of us every day and if uncontrolled, it can get out of hand, fast. Here are 7 unhealthy foods you should avoid like the plague.

1. Alcohol


Regular consumption of alcohol causes irritation and inflammation of the oesophagus, larynx and liver. Over time, the chronic inflammation promotes tumor growth and gives rise to cancer at the sites of repeated irritation.

2. Artificial Food Additives


Artificial food additives trigger inflammatory responses, especially in people who are already suffering from inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

3. Common Cooking Oils


Common cooking oils can lead to inflammation, a leading cause of many modern health problems. Excess consumption of processed seed- and vegetable oils may lead to systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

4. Feedlot-Raised Meat


Commercially produced meats are high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids but low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. These animals are also injected with hormones and fed with antibiotics. The result is one piece of meat which you and I shouldn’t be eating.

5. Refined Grains


Refined grains aren’t actually healthy at all. They can raise small, dense LDL by a whopping 60%. Refined grains can hasten the onset of degenerative diseases like cancer, coronary disease and diabetes.

6. Sugar


Not surprised to see sugar on top of the list? Sugar is considered unhealthy for a number of reasons. Refined sugar has a lot of calories but NO essential nutrients. Excessive sugar intake causes tooth decay and has been linked to increased risks of obesity, inflammation and chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

7. Trans Fats


Trans fats are considered to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Some meat and dairy products naturally contain trans-fats but most of them are artificially created. They are most commonly found in fried foods, fast foods and commercial baked goods. Trans fats increase levels of small, dense LDL cholesterol, lower the good cholesterol and may lead to various serious health problems.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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