Foods to Avoid for Inflammatory Diseases

Published on 20 October 2023 at 09:55

Foods to Avoid for Inflammatory Diseases

—Jill Fandrich, PharmD, CRPh


If you have inflammatory diseases, paying attention to your diet is important in order to manage symptoms and reduce inflammation. Here are some foods that may contribute to inflammation and should be avoided or limited:


1. Processed and refined sugars - Foods high in added sugars, such as sugary beverages, candies, and pastries, can promote inflammation. Opt for natural sweeteners like honey or fruit instead.


2. Fried and processed foods - Fried foods, fast food, and processed snacks often contain trans fats and high levels of unhealthy saturated fats, which can trigger inflammation. Choose baked or grilled options instead.


3. Red and processed meats - The consumption of red meats, especially those that are processed (e.g., sausages and hot dogs), has been associated with increased inflammation. Try to limit these and opt for lean protein sources such as fish, poultry, and plant-based protein alternatives.


4. Refined grains - Refined grains like white bread, white rice, and pasta have a high glycemic index and lack fiber, which can contribute to inflammation. Choose whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread instead.


5. Artificial additives - Many processed foods contain artificial additives like preservatives, food colorings, and flavor enhancers, which may trigger inflammatory responses. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.


6. High-sodium foods - Excess sodium can cause water retention and increase inflammation. Avoid foods high in sodium, such as packaged snacks, canned soups, and processed meats. Instead, flavor your meals with herbs, spices, and lemon juice.


7. Dairy products - Some individuals with inflammatory diseases find that dairy products, particularly those containing lactose and casein, can worsen symptoms. Try to limit or eliminate dairy and opt for dairy-free alternatives like almond milk or coconut milk.


8. Alcohol and caffeine - Alcohol and excessive caffeine consumption may promote inflammation. Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages and opt for herbal teas or decaffeinated options.


It is important to note that individual responses to food may vary. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or nutritionist to create a personalized diet plan that suits your specific needs and condition.


Choose your foods wisely, for they can either fuel inflammation or extinguish its fire. Avoid the inflammatory culprits – excessively processed foods, sugary treats, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats. Instead, embrace nourishing foods like colorful fruits and vegetables, Omega-3-rich fish, whole grains, and plant-based proteins. Opt for an anti-inflammatory plate to cultivate vitality from the inside out.

—Dr. Jill

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