Inflammatory

When you are faced with an illness, wound, or stressful situation, your immune system will attempt to fight off the threat. According to Medline Plus, when cells are damaged, they release substances such as histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins, which trigger inflammation to protect your tissues from further trauma. In a time of immediate threat, these inflammatory substances can protect your body. However, long-term or chronic inflammation can actually cause further damage to your tissues and organs. To avoid inflammation triggered by foods, refrain from eating items that will trigger chronic inflammation.

13. Refined Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are a source of calories or energy found in starch, sugar, and fiber. You can obtain the carbohydrates necessary for daily life and activities in healthy sources such as fruits, vegetable, and whole grains. However, the term refined carbohydrates refers to the carbs found in highly processed white flour and sugars. The refining process in the making of white flour removes nutrients and fiber from the grain, leaving empty calories. Some studies suggest consuming refined carbohydrates can increase the number of inflammatory proteins in your bloodstream.

12. Sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Fructose

High fructose corn syrup has a bad reputation for its adverse effects on health. However, table sugar can be equally as detrimental to your health. Table sugar (sucrose) is made up of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose. Meanwhile, high fructose corn syrup is around 45 percent glucose and 55 percent fructose. In either case, sugar is a refined carbohydrate that can trigger chronic inflammation. Studies have suggested that sugar can increase fatty liver and pancreas inflammation and increase the inflammation associated with arthritis.

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