When calories aren't the only thing you need to worry about

It’s easy to think about foods in terms of calories only.  But there is another aspect that is important to consider when making healthy eating choices.  The inflammatory factor. 

Inflammation is the main source of problems in the body, it accelerates ageing and causes innumerable problems.  Diet can be a major cause of inflammation in the body.  Not only can pro-inflammatory foods create inflammation, but they can also cause weight gain, a recent study suggests. An observational study of over 7,000 students across an 8 year span, found that pro-inflammatory diets were associated with higher yearly weight gain and an increased risk of obesity.  (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28544794)  Not only can pro-inflammatory diets contribute to weight gain, but, potentially, the foods can be associated with an increased risk of cancer.  A study in China found a positive association between a diet that had higher inflammation potential and an increased risk of breast cancer. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28580895)

Let’s consider the pro-inflammatory diet foods, some you would expect, but some might surprise you.

Items that you would expect:

  • Lollies
  • Doughnuts
  • Cookies
  • Most breakfast cereals
  • Genetically modified foods
  • Fried foods
  • Dairy

 Items that might surprise you:

  • Potato
  • Honey
  • Granola
  • Hard cheeses, like parmesan
  • Tortillas
  • Tacos

Anti inflammatory foods are whole unprocessed foods, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and healthy fats, for example:

  • Lentils
  • Coconut oil
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Leek
  • Kale
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Kiwifruit
  • Oranges
  • And more wonderful healthful ingredients that you will find in any one of our cleanse programs.  Check out our menus online here.

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