What are the Foods That Cause Inflammation?

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The type of food put into the body can often affect inflammation. Some foods can help decrease inflammation, while others increase it. A wide variety of foods increase inflammation in the body. These include some dairy foods, gluten-rich foods, saturated fats, red meats, egg yolks, corn, and many processed foods. While there are a number of different foods that cause inflammation, the exact items and ingredients will vary from person to person.

People with food allergies will likely find that allergens will increase inflammation in the body. Many dairy items can cause inflammation, especially in individuals who have lactose intolerance. Some dairy products, however, may actually decrease inflammation in the body. Plain yogurt can have anti-inflammatory effects and may actually reduce inflammation in the stomach. Gluten products are also allergens and are among the types of foods that cause inflammation. These items include ingredients such as oats, wheat, and rye.

Refined sugars and processed foods are some of the biggest causes of inflammation. Most processed foods contain excessive amounts of saturated fats, additives, and chemicals that can cause inflammation. Artificial sweeteners and refined sugars, such as white, brown, confectioner’s sugar, and corn syrups are among the types of refined sugars in foods that cause inflammation. Alternatives to refined sugars include natural sweeteners such as honey, date paste, or rice sugar.


Oils that contain linoleic acid can also cause inflammation in the body. These types of oils include corn, safflower, peanut, and sunflower. To avoid the inflammatory properties of oils, individuals should opt instead for pure and unprocessed oils, such as avocado or extra virgin olive oil.

Some beverages that might cause inflammation include alcohol, coffee, and tea. Caffeine can increase inflammation in the body. Individuals who suffer from inflammation caused by caffeinated beverages should opt for caffeine free beverages, green teas, and water. Other foods that cause inflammation include corn products, red meats, and egg yolks. Browning and cooking foods at temperatures over approximately 115° F (approx. 46.1° C) can also produce certain properties in foods that cause inflammation.

The best way for people to determine the specific foods that cause inflammation in their bodies is to keep a diary. By writing down the exact dates and times that inflammation occurs, it may be possible to determine exactly which foods are causing the problem. The types of foods that are consumed each day should also be recorded. This method may help to determine the exact foods that cause inflammation.


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@turquoise-- That's highly possible. When our body is sensitive to or intolerant of a food, it treats it like a toxin. It's unable to digest it and yet it needs to get it out of the system. Inflammation is one of the symptoms we get when this happens.

It's bad but it's also good in a way because we can look for this symptom when we're trying to figure out what food we're sensitive to. How would you know that you might have a gluten intolerance if you didn't have any symptoms?

It's great that you're eating gluten-free. You should continue and watch out for inflammation. If inflammation is reduced even after a month, you should probably eat this way indefinitely. I'm also on a anti-inflammatory diet and I also feel much better!

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According to this article, basically everything I eat is an inflammatory food! But I think I agree with it, especially about milk. When I drink milk, I get so much bloating that it's hard for me to breathe.

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I think I have a gluten intolerance (possibly non-celiac gluten intolerance) because whenever I eat too much gluten, my arthritis acts up and I get painful, stiff joints. I stopped eating gluten three days ago and I already feel much better. I think gluten is what has been causing my inflammation.

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