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What you eat plays a significant role to prevent or trigger inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a very common denominator of virtually all disease including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
Therefore, avoiding inflammatory foods is just as important (if not more important) as eating anti-inflammatory ones.
As a whole, processed foods of all kinds tend to be pro-inflammatory. This is largely due to ingredients like processed vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, and other food additives.
Here is a general list of pro-inflammatory foods:
•Refined sugar, processed fructose, and grains (as a general rule reduce your fructose intake to 20 grams/day)
•Industrial vegetable and seed oils such as peanut, corn, and soy oil
The food that we consume is a form of medicine. Make wise choices and it will pay off. On the next IMAC Doctor’s Note blog, we’ll discuss anti-inflammatory foods to eat to help the body fight inflammation and discuss how important our gut health is.
Jason Y. Hui, NMD, DACBN
IMAC’s Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist