6 Foods (and 1 Drink) That Are Linked to Inflammation



Hey, did you know that there are two kinds of inflammation? Acute inflammation is short-term and helps your body heal itself and fight illness (like when you get a papercut or have the flu). Then there’s the chronic, low-grade inflammation that’s linked to health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease. One way to help battle the latter? Cut back on inflammation-promoting foods. Here, seven of the worst offenders.

Woman pouring glass of inflammation causing soda


Sorry, but your afternoon pick-me-up isn’t doing your body any favors. That’s according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soda is associated with an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammatory disease) in women. And even though researchers didn’t find the same link with diet soda, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you either (in fact, it could put you in a bad mood). Instead, stick to good old H20 or try a green juice for a natural energy boost.

Woman spreading butter on bread


Your grandma’s favorite baking ingredient may be the secret to her perfectly moist coffeecake, but it’s also loaded with trans fats. Partially hydrogenated oils are a likely culprit of systemic inflammation in women, according to a Harvard University study. “Thankfully, the FDA has made a ruling that trans fats must be removed from the food supply by later in 2018 due to their significant association to inflammation and heart disease,” says Lori Zanini, RD, CDE and creator of For the Love of Diabetes. “In the meantime, though, trans fats still lurk in foods like packaged pies, frosting, microwave popcorn, fried foods and frozen pizzas.” Want that buttery taste without bad-for-you trans fats? Try ghee, the cooking fat that’s taking the wellness world by storm.

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