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It’s easy to think about foods in terms of calories only. But there is another aspect that is important to consider when making healthy eating choices. The inflammatory factor.
Inflammation is the main source of problems in the body, it accelerates ageing and causes innumerable problems. Diet can be a major cause of inflammation in the body. Not only can pro-inflammatory foods create inflammation, but they can also cause weight gain, a recent study suggests. An observational study of over 7,000 students across an 8 year span, found that pro-inflammatory diets were associated with higher yearly weight gain and an increased risk of obesity. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28544794) Not only can pro-inflammatory diets contribute to weight gain, but potentially the foods can be associated with an increased risk of cancer. A study in China found a positive association between a diet that had higher inflammation potential and an increased risk of breast cancer. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28580895)
So let’s consider the pro-inflammatory diet foods, some you would expect, but some might surprise you.
Items that you would expect:
Items that might surprise you:
Anti inflammatory foods are whole unprocessed foods, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and healthy fats, for example: