11. Fried Food
Frying your food makes for a quick, tasty meal. However, frying up your dinner means you are introducing additional fats to your foods. When you cook your food in oils that contain saturated fats, the high temperatures of the cooking process increase the number of trans fats in the oil and in your meal. Furthermore, calories from the oils are transferred to your food. If you love the taste of fried foods, try roasting your food in the oven to allow it to crisp up without absorbing excess oil. Air fryers are also popular gadgets for obtaining the taste of frying with less oil.
10. Grilled Meat
Nothing beats the fun of a summer barbecue with refreshing watermelon slices, ice-cold lemonade, and a burger hot off the grill. However, grilling your meat can cause the formation of toxic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These chemicals can induce inflammation and may even be linked to cancer. While you may not want to give up your summer barbecue altogether, take steps to decrease the formation of these chemicals on your meat. Choose lean cuts and trim away any charred portions before eating grilled meat.
9. Processed Meat
Grilled meat isn’t the only type of meat that can trigger inflammation. Processed meats such as bacon, deli cuts, ham, and hot dogs are highly processed. This means that they have been altered from their original form. Studies have shown links between processed meats and heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. Processed meats may also contain the PAHs and HCAs found in grilled meat. Sodium nitrite is often added to processed meats as a preservative and to retain color and flavor. Furthermore, processed meats tend to contain excessive amounts of sodium.