Four Foods That Cause Inflammation and Why It Matters

foods that cause inflammation

Inflammation has been blamed for everything from heart attacks to arthritis. In reality, it’s more complex than that, and inflammation is part of our immune system. It is a way for your body to heal itself. Inflammation only becomes a problem when it becomes chronic—meaning it never goes away.

If you have chronic inflammation, some of the first signs may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues
  • Joint pain

At our weight loss clinic, we not only want you to lose weight, but we want you to live a healthy life and feel good while doing it. Avoiding foods that cause inflammation will help you do that. 

Here are some foods you should avoid to lower inflammation: 

Foods Baked and Packaged at a Factory

Nearly all packaged foods are high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which has been shown to increase inflammation.

This includes foods like donuts, pastries, cakes, candy, and sodas. When you go to the grocery store, check the food label for added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Make it a goal to eat less packaged foods and more fresh foods. 

The Bad Fat

Fats are often demonized, and we blame them for weight gain. However, not all fat is bad for you, and some can actually help you lose weight. 

One of the worst fats you should avoid is trans fats. These are fats that have been created to be more stable at room temperature. You will see trans-fats labeled on packages as “partially hydrogenated fat.”  

Foods that typically include trans fats include vegetable shortening, fried food, and margarine. When cooking with oils and fats, try using olive oil instead.

Refined Carbohydrates

A carbohydrate described as refined is one that has had all its good fiber removed. Fiber is actually good for your health and helps keep you full, longer. This means that eating more fiber can help you lose weight. 

Eating refined carbs, with the fiber removed, can increase inflammation and actually increase weight gain. 

Refined carbohydrates include white bread, pasta, cookies, and all processed foods with added sugars. If you want to choose healthier carbs, stick with sweet potatoes, quinoa, veggies, and oats.

Alcoholic Beverages

We understand that drinking happens, as it is normally something we do when we are socializing. Having a drink once in a while can fit into your health and weight loss goals. 

However, excessive alcohol causes weight gain and inflammation. If you choose to have an alcoholic drink, be sure you are choosing your drink wisely and limit yourself. We encourage you to speak to your Healthy Steps support team about including alcohol on your weight loss journey. 

The Bottom Line

Losing weight isn’t just about looking better, but feeling and living better. Inflammation can make you feel lousy, and if you are trying to lose weight, it can hold you back from your goals. 

When you are part of the Healthy Steps family, you are given an entire support team who is there to answer your questions and be sure you lose the weight you’ve always wanted. Lose more weight and lose it for good by stopping into one of our Southern California medical weight loss clinics

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