5. Oils

Oils

You may use cooking oils to coat your baking dishes, sprinkle over veggies before roasting, or add to homemade baked goods. Many of the available oils are high in saturated fats. Some cooking oils contain the omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs in appropriate doses. However, they may also provide an inappropriate balance of omega-6 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends using cooking oils that are lower in saturated fats. These include canola, corn, olive, safflower, and sunflower oils.

4. Store-Bought Baked Goods

Baked Goods

If you are craving a sweet snack, avoid running to the store for a box of snack cakes or a package of muffins. Store-bought bakery items are often high in refined flour, white sugar, and saturated fats. Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth by baking up your own batch of cookies, muffins, or brownies. When you bake items yourself, you can search out recipes that use lower quantities of sugar or flour.  Furthermore, you will have control over which ingredients have gone into your tasty treat.

3. Alcohol

Alcohol Consumption

An evening nightcap may be your favorite part of the day, but too much alcohol can trigger inflammation and increase your risk of disease. According to the World Journal of Gastroenterology, alcohol-induced medical disorders have been linked to chronic inflammation. In the case of stomach diseases, this may be due to the effects of alcohol on gut bacteria. The Arthritis Foundation also warns that alcohol may worsen the inflammation associated with arthritic conditions. Limiting your alcohol intake can help prevent the medical disorders triggered by chronic inflammation of body tissues.

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