Medical dictionary defines inflammation as a protective tissue response to injury or destruction of tissues, which serves to destroy, dilute, or wall off both the injurious agent and the injured tissues. So inflammation is good for body to keep the infection at bay.
However, when an inflammatory process remains for an extended period as in chronic diseases turns out hazardous. Chronic inflammation constantly produces free radicals, highly reactive unpaired electrons to kill harmful agents but along with that they damage healthy cells by damaging cellular DNA and produce variety of diseases documented on natural news.
Inflammation and diet connection
Ultramodern lifestyle of consuming highly processed, refined and added sugars or chemicals foods lead to production of inflammatory agents, which promotes inflammation inside body cells and worsens the chronic diseases.
According to Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, eating high glycemic index food causes the rise of blood-sugar level. High blood-sugar level demands excessive insulin secretion. Over the period of time, both high blood-sugar level and excessive insulin secretion lead to loss of function of insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells and result in type 2 diabetes.
Furthermore, studies have shown that high blood-sugar level is a risk factor for obesity, heart diseases, and cancer and gall-bladder diseases all characterized by inflammation.
Eating sugar-loaded foods or drinking sugar sweetened beverages raises the blood-sugar level such extend to damage the organs.
- Refined grains
Refined grains or grain flour are devoid of bran and germ as they are removed during processing. Such grains are lacked in fibre, vitamin and minerals and of no nutritional value. That means refined grains are as similar as refined sugar and act as a high glycemic index food.
Diet with high glycemic load and with low fibre content as refined grain increases risk for type 2 diabetes as per study reported in Journal of the American Medical Association.
White flour, white rice, white bread, pasta, noodles, and pastries all are refined grains.
- Trans fat
Mayo clinic reported that trans fat increases LDL or bad cholesterol and decreases HDL or good cholesterol and hence worrisome for heart health. Moreover, trans fat damage the cellular lining of blood vessels and lead to inflammation. This plays a crucial role in formation of fatty blockages inside blood vessels and cause heart problems.
Backed foods such as crackers, cookies, and cakes, or fried foods like doughnuts and French fries or vegetable shortening and some margarine are rich in Trans fat.
- Dairy products
Milk is a common allergen to produce allergic response resulting in skin rash, hives, atopic dermatitis, oesophagitis, colitis and in severe cases can turn out potentially life threatening.
Milk contains various proteins but the most important is alpha S1-casein, which triggers an allergic reaction as per Informall database.
- Cooking oil
Vegetable oil commonly used in household cooking is rich in omega 6-fatty acid and low in omega 3-fatty acid.
Higher consumption of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is associated with the elevated level of inflammatory markers as per study published on American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
According to the news release from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reveals that consumption of red meat produces Neu5Gc molecules. In response to this, body produces anti-Neu5Gc anti-bodies. This immune-mediated response results in chronic inflammation and cancerous tumour.
Meat from cow, sheep, and milk-fed pigs are considered as red meat.
Alcohol consumption for prolong period lead to variety of chronic inflammatory diseases such as heart diseases, malabsorption, chronic pancreatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, and oesophageal cancer reported on Pubmed.
To stay healthy it’s important to have balance diet. It’s not advisable to stop the above mention food items totally. However, it is mandatory to know about benefitary as well as harmful effects of the food items that you are keeping in your mouth. Always try to have a diet that is balanced with each and every food item…because anything in excess is poisonous.