The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What It Is and How It Can Save Your Health

Nicole Singh

The topic of inflammation has really had a big health-moment this year, and with it, anti-inflammatory dieting (even Karlie Kloss is into it). In case you aren't clued in, medical and nutrition experts believe that prolonged inflammation in the body could be the cause of many diseases, and according to Christopher Cannon, as quoted by the ABC, inflammation can play a contributory role in: "Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and possibly, even Alzheimer's disease." According to Cannon alongside other experts, food with highly saturated fats (think butter and coconut yoghurt) have the potential to cause an "inflammatory response" in the body. And since this relatively new information has been released, health and wellness authorities and dietitians are preaching the positive effects of a holistic eating regiment that incorporates fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts, while trying to cut down on saturated fats, a diet that parallels the Mediterranean diet.

According to a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Frank Hu "Some of the foods that have been associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as Type-2 diabetes and heart disease are also associated with excess inflammation," Dr. Hu also adds that, "It's not surprising, since inflammation is an important underlying mechanism for the development of these diseases".

Harvard Health also suggests steering clear from, deep-fried foods, soft drinks, red meat, and butter, and instead choosing tomatoes, olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish to reduce inflammation. And when you think about it, what sets this type of diet apart from others, is that it’s relatively easy, and only asks you to stay away from foods we have long-known to be the culprit of a growing waistline.

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