There seems to be some love / hate relationships with inflammation. At its core, inflammation is a necessary part of our body’s natural response. When our bodies have an injury, it uses inflammation as one ways to communicate the problem with our immune system.
Although we need certain levels of inflammation, it can exist at very unhealthy levels in our bodies as well. Chronic inflammation, which lasts longer than several months, is directly linked to health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
This can be caused by a number of things like injury, age, body mass and diet. Keep reading to learn about the worst eating habits that can cause inflammation, and for healthier diet tips, be sure to check out The 7 healthiest foods to eat right now.
You still cook with margarine.
If you are still cooking with margarine, you may want to try again. Many types of margarine contain trans fats, which are known to cause systemic inflammation. And although you can now find some in stores without trans fats, it is important to read the labels to be sure.
A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that trans fats have a strong link to inflammation in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. This study found that although there was an increased risk factor for women with higher BMI, the inflammatory effects of trans fats still apply to all levels of BMI.
You eat white bread.
Regularly eating a lot of processed carbohydrates such as white bread can also lead to a number of unwanted health problems. According to a study found in Inflammation mediator, processed carbohydrates and refined sugar may increase the risk of systemic inflammation.
This is because when we eat carbohydrates with higher amounts of added sugar, it rapidly raises blood sugar levels in our bodies. When our bodies work to process these sugars, it reacts with inflammation.
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You eat late at night.
Some people may not realize that inflammation can be caused by more than just the types of food you eat. If you eat late dinners or talk before bed, you may experience increased inflammation.
A study published in PLOS One found a link between eating larger meals in the evening and increased inflammatory levels. Not only that, but it was also discovered our levels of CRP (a natural biomarker for inflammation and other chronic diseases) increases with the number of calories consumed after 17.00
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You eat too much red meat.
There are naturally occurring compounds called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE) that are found in certain foods when large amounts of heat are added. For example, you can find high age levels in certain oils, butter, margarine, mayonnaise and red meat.
Consuming for many ages has been linked causes inflammation in the body and one of the food groups with the highest age levels is red meat. A food’s levels of age are also directly affected by the cooking method, with things like grilling, grilling and frying that are linked to increasing levels of age. Cooking meat, especially red meat, with these methods can have inflammatory effects.
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