In 2004, it was estimated that about 13 million people worldwide died from cardiovascular diseases. Another 8 million succumbed from cancer. Cancer and heart diseases are the major deadly diseases which are associated with chronic inflammation. Unless something is done, these diseases will continue to claim the lives of many people.
These diseases are also related to the modern choices of lifestyle. Most people are consuming inflammatory foods, and they are not taking a balanced diet. Natural anti-inflammatory foods should be incorporated into your diets. Additionally, it is advisable to avoid or cut down the foods which promote inflammation.
The following are some of the inflammatory foods which should be avoided at all cost
Common cooking oils
Most of the common vegetable oils used in restaurants and homes are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. They have a low content of omega-3 fats. Any diet which has the unbalanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is known for promoting inflammation and inflammatory diseases such as cancer and cardio diseases.
Some of the common inflammatory oils are obtained from sunflower, grape seeds, corn, safflower, and cottonseed. You will find these oils being used in preparing most of the takeaways and processed foods. The following oils can be used as substitutes for inflammation olive oil, macadamia oil and other oils which have a balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Besides, these oils are loaded with oleic acid which is a heart healthy fatty acid.
Milk is one of the common allergens which is known for triggering inflammatory responses including diarrhea, stomach distress, breathing difficulties, acne, skin rashes, and constipation in susceptible people. You will find dairy products and milk being used as one of the preservatives in foods which contain omega-3 –deficient oils and partially hydrogenated oils. Other than the common foods which contain dairy products, there are other foods which contain hidden dairy products including cookies, bread, cream sauces, boxed cereals, crackers, and cakes.
Most of the grains in the modern days are refined. These grains are devoid of vitamin B and fiber a compared to the unrefined and unpolished grains which have their germ, aleurone, and bran intact. Most of the processed grains are known for hastening the onset of the major degenerative disease such as coronary disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Artificial food additives
Most of the artificial food additives are considered as pro-inflammatory-agents. Examples of these additives include monosodium and aspartame. These additives are known for triggering inflammatory responses in individuals suffering from anti-inflammatory issues such as rheumatism.