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Begin your anti-inflammatory diet

Diets that claim to cure every illness, promote weight loss or even deliver rejuvenation are everywhere these days. For most of them there does appear to be one common factor – eating wholesome, natural food. At anti-inflammatory life we are not going to provide you with a diet as such. Our aim is simply to tell you about the foods we believe will help reduce inflammation.


List of anti-inflammatory foods
We’ve broken the list down into categories so that you can quickly find the ones you might need for a shopping list or an anti-inflammatory recipe. The categories are:

List of inflammatory foods to avoid
Generally speaking, the foods we recommend are natural, whole foods. The ones we suggest you avoid are those that are refined, processed or far removed from their natural state. The list below is not endless, but includes the ones should you really avoid or at least limit your intake.

  • Sugar – whether in white or brown or hidden in cakes, biscuits, corn syrup, ready meals and even fruit.
  • White flour and other refined grains – found in bakery products, breakfast cereals and ready-made sauces
  • Alcohol
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Full fat diary products especially ones made from cow’s milk
  • Vegetable cooking oils – especially ones containing high levels of Omega-6 fats such as sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil and grape seed oil. (The best alternative is extra virgin olive oil)
  • Trans fats – these natural liquid fats that have been turned into hard fats by altering their chemical formula. You’ll find them in many alternatives to butter e.g. margarine and in bakery products. Avoid anything with ‘hydrogenated fat or oil‘ in the ingredients.
  • Intensively farmed meat and chicken
  • Red meat
  • Artificial food additives such as sweeteners (e.g. aspartame) and monosodium glutamate (found in processed foods and takeaways)