We have talked about how important it is for our health to avoid foods and substances that promote chronic inflammation so harmful to our body, and we have even shown you our favourite foods to include in an anti-inflammatory diet. For this reason, today we continue our journey and we show you the 5 pro-inflammatory foods that you must eliminate right now from your diet.
- Coffee with milk and a croissant for breakfast.
- A toast with turkey and coffee just for lunch.
- Macaroni to eat and a slice of tiramisu for dessert.
- Another coffee.
- No time to snack.
- Arriving at dinner very hungry and not wanting to cook, so a sandwich or a slice of pizza will do.
Does it sound familiar to you?
Following a proinflammatory lifestyle is one of the biggest problems today in terms of health, and that is because of it, symptoms and diseases appear based on chronic inflammation. The good news is that inflammation can be stopped and prevented. To achieve this, it is necessary to restructure our diet. The first step? Eliminate pro-inflammatory foods. But what are the worst pro-inflammatory foods out there?
Top 5 pro-inflammatory foods:
1. Trans fat
Probably the worst type of fat you can consume. Their intake is connected with an increase in “bad” cholesterol, increased risk of developing various types of chronic diseases and problems with the cardiovascular system, including arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. The biggest sources? Fried or breaded dishes, cooked or fried potatoes, margarines, cookies, industrial popcorn, industrial pastries, pre-cooked food, frozen meals, etc.
2. Refined sugar
One of the worst proinflammatory foods out there, several studies have shown its role in the development of inflammations at the cellular level and, as a result, the development of multiple diseases. Where do we find it? In sweets and cakes, but be careful: sauces, breads, pickles, preserves, pre-cooked dishes and even cold cuts, are products where the food industry usually adds many amounts of sugar, so they also carry them.
3. Industrial vegetable oils
Especially sunflower, soybean and corn oil since they contain a very high dose of omega 6 acids, which are not bad in themselves, but currently abuse of them is making them an element to avoid . And is that the imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3 fats is one of the most important factors in the development of inflammatory processes. What are they and where do we find them? Vegetable oils are present in processed food, pastries, cakes, snacks, preserves, frozen, etc.
4. Refined flours and cereals
Another of the most common proinflammatory foods in our diets, refined flours and cereals tend to raise blood sugar much faster than whole grains, so that their effect is almost the same as refined sugar. Where do you find them? In pasta, pastries, white breads, breakfast cereals, cookies, etc.
5. Processed meat
Eating processed meats is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers. Processed meats are high in proinflammatory compounds such as AGEs (advanced glycation end products). What are processed meats? Cold cuts, sausages, smoked meats, bacon, sausages, etc.
Chronic inflammation can be caused by various factors such as air pollution, eating a balanced diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods can help us control such inflammation and even prevent it. As we said, the first step to avoid this inflammation is to avoid foods like the ones we just mentioned. The next step? Introduce powerful natural anti-inflammatory foods into our diet.