Popular Foods That Increase Inflammation
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is digested and absorbed via the liver and produces fats that get widely distributed throughout the body. Overconsumption of HFCS leads to insulin resistance and weight gain over time.
Trans fat, otherwise known as partially hydrogenated oil, is a known contributor to inflammation and directly correlated to risk for chronic disease. Similar to HFCS, trans fat was created to make products more shelf-stable.
Omega-6 fats are found in plant-based sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, and vegetable oil. On their own, these foods are not all bad. However, a diet that is high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats is inherently inflammatory.
The inflammatory response from alcohol begins in the gut during digestion, but further exacerbates matters by impairing the body's ability to regulate systemic inflammation.
Refined flours are specifically high in simple carbohydrates. When compared to their high-fiber, complex carb counterparts, a diet high in refined flour is associated with a rise in blood sugar, weight gain, and increased risk for chronic disease.
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