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Which refined starches and sugary foods should you avoid in an anti-inflammatory diet?

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Some foods can help your body fight inflammation, or swelling. Other food can encourage inflammation or make it worse. Refined starches like white bread and sugar, including agave and honey, don’t fill you up. So you may overeat, which can lead to weight gain, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol -- all related to inflammation. Sugar causes the body to release inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Soda and other sweet drinks are main culprits.

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Inflammation and Diet."

Arthritis Foundation: "The Connection Between Gluten and Arthritis," "Eight Foods That Can Cause Inflammation," "The Ultimate Arthritis Diet."

Cleveland Clinic: "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: A Way to Manage Chronic Pain," "9 Diet Tips to Help You Fight Inflammation," "Why You Should Pay Attention to Chronic Inflammation."

Harvard Women's Health Watch: "Foods That Fight Inflammation."

Mayo Clinic Online Health Letter: "Buzzed on Inflammation."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Inflammation and Diet."

Arthritis Foundation: "The Connection Between Gluten and Arthritis," "Eight Foods That Can Cause Inflammation," "The Ultimate Arthritis Diet."

Cleveland Clinic: "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: A Way to Manage Chronic Pain," "9 Diet Tips to Help You Fight Inflammation," "Why You Should Pay Attention to Chronic Inflammation."

Harvard Women's Health Watch: "Foods That Fight Inflammation."

Mayo Clinic Online Health Letter: "Buzzed on Inflammation."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on February 14, 2019

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