Foods That Cause Inflammation in the Body


People who suffer from autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout or polymyalgia rheumatica have to ensure that they avoid foods that cause inflammation in the body. These foods may look innocuous when consumed by a normal healthy person, but they tend to encourage inflammatory reaction in the body when you are already suffering from an inflammatory disease.

Processed foods

Though delicious, they contain preservatives and other chemicals that can worsen the disease.

Sugars in any form

Refined sugar is perhaps the biggest enemy of inflammation. Sugar from any source or in any form including starch such as corn syrup, or foods that contribute glutten such as wheat, oats etc. should be avoided. If you need to sweeten your foods, you can use honey or paste made from ripe dates.

Oils and fat

Oils that contain polyunsaturated fats like corn, sunflowers, safflower oil, margarine, etc are rich in linoleic acid, which is a known inflammatory ingredient. Instead, use oils that are rich in omega-3 fats like olive and canola oil (stored in opaque containers).


foods that cause inflammationRed meats should be avoided when a person is suffering from arthritis or any other inflammatory condition; fish is safe for consumption.

Inflammatory Drinks

Drinks like coffee, and many beverages contain caffeine that stimulates inflammation in the body. Processed drink too should be avoided as it contains sweeteners and preservatives that encourage inflammation.  Also, alcohol consumptions should be reduced to minimum if the patient cannot stop it altogether.

When consumption of some of the foods that cause inflammation is necessary, the intake should be restricted to the minimum required quantity. In such a case, increased concomitant intake of foods that possess anti-inflammatory properties or fight inflammation may help.

Besides avoiding above mentioned foods, the patients should also control the overall quantity that they consume. Overeating is associated with the pain. It should be understood that these sources by themselves do not lead to inflammatory conditions in a healthy individual.

Such foods are discouraged when someone is already suffering from a disease. Also, many of these sources may not be harmful to everyone. It may be worthwhile to maintain a diary that lists (from your day-today experience) various of them that cause discomfort.

One of the best ways of helping your body fight inflammation is by changing over to helpful ones (natural and organic, if possible) while keeping away from the foods that cause inflammation.

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