8 Foods That Cause Inflammation

by Atika Lim
FOOD  |  August 20, 2017
  • Fatty processed meat
    1 / 8 Fatty processed meat

    Besides plenty of sodium, fatty processed meat like frozen hot dogs, bacon and burger patties contain saturated animal fats that when not eaten in moderation, can cause inflammation.

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  • Vegetable oils
    2 / 8 Vegetable oils

    Certain vegetable oils like soya, sunflower and corn contain omega-6 fatty acids. While omega-6 fatty acids can help stimulate skin and hair growth and maintain bone health, too much can cause your metabolism rate to spiral, increasing the risk of inflammation. Swop out your vegetable oils with other oils like olive and canola that’s got both omega 3 and 6 to help balance things out.

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  • Sugar
    3 / 8 Sugar

    No matter the type of sugar, too much can lead to inflammatory responses in the body. Highly processed sugars may trigger cytokines, the signal cells in your body that activate inflammation.

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  • Refined carbohydrates
    4 / 8 Refined carbohydrates

    These high-glycemic index (GI) foods tend to increase blood sugar levels quickly, causing inflammation to occur.

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  • Processed cheese
    5 / 8 Processed cheese

    The high amount of sodium in processed cheese can lead to water retention, and subsequently bloating.

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  • Gluten
    6 / 8 Gluten

    For some, gluten causes inflammatory responses and allergic reactions to occur.

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  • Alcohol
    7 / 8 Alcohol

    Know that red flush you get when drinking beer? That’s inflammation occurring right there.

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  • High-calorie yogurt
    8 / 8 High-calorie yogurt

    Despite what they say, most store-bought yogurts tend to have plenty of sugar and preservatives to keep them fresh. These sugars tend to send your body’s blood sugar level into hyperdrive.

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