The Top Foods That Cause Inflammation

Turkey Burger and FriesMany studies have linked inflammation to many major diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Inflammation in the body also leads to a weaker immune system (i.e. more sickness) as well as more joint and muscle pain.

By following an anti-inflammatory diet, you can reduce your chances of serious diseases. Many people have no idea what types of foods cause inflammatory reactions, so here is a short list of some of the more popular inflammatory foods.

Baked Goods with White Flour

This type of food is at the top of the list when it comes to inflammatory reactions. The starches in the food begin to turn into sugars almost immediately after consumption, which in turn raises your blood sugar. The spiking of the blood sugar will immediately trigger inflammation in the body, which is worsened by the presence of glutens in the white flour. If you are looking for a replacement to white flour foods, you should try brown rice and other grains to supplement your intake of the flour.

Chips and Fries

The process of frying different foods in high temperature oil produces a chemical called acrylamide, which is a known cause of inflammation. The only way that you will be able to remove this toxin is by baking your foods instead of frying them. You should also look for baked chips that contain little to no oil as a replacement to traditional fried chips. You can also seek organic chips, which is a great substitute for the crunch of traditional chips. If you must fry something, try doing it in coconut oil or butter rather than olive oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil.


The biggest reason for sausage being an inflammatory food is the nitrates that are located in it. Nitrates are proven to be a cause of various types of cancers as well as an inflammatory food. Usually, sausages will be grilled which causes the meat to soak of carcinogens from the heat, which forms the black lines on the sausage. If you must have these sausages, be sure to consume Vitamin C alongside the meat, because it has been shown to somewhat counteract the effects of the nitrates. You can also look for nitrate free sausage at your local grocery store and be sure to bake the meat instead of frying.

Microwave Popcorn

The buttery substance on most microwave popcorn has been linked to inflammation. The fumes from the popcorn are also known to irritate your lungs, as well as wreaking havoc on your digestive system. The butter in microwave popcorn is largely made up of hydrogenated, which is also a very inflammatory substance. You can opt for butter free popcorn to combat the inflammatory effects of the buttery type of popcorn.

By using a few of these tips, you will be able to cut down on inflammation in your body. While an anti-inflammatory diet is great for those who are at risk for heart disease and diabetes, truthfully, limiting inflammation causing foods is beneficial to everyone. Instead of eating the above foods, eat more whole and natural foods, such as vegetables, fruit, lean meats, and nuts. 


Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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