Healthy Foods That Could Be Causing Inflammation

Eating healthy should be a lot easier than it actually is. We should be able to trust the brands that we’re buying into, especially when labeled ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’. But what if we told you that you shouldn’t believe everything that’s labeled on the front of a product?

The food industry can be quite manipulative at the best of times. So how do we lookout for the ‘not so healthy’ versions, of what we consider to be ‘healthy foods’?

Read below to see what foods could still be causing your stomach trouble…

OATS

Although oats are full of fiber and gluten-free, unfortunately, recent research has shown that many oat-containing products contain unsafe levels of glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in weed-killer Roundup.

Glyphosate is classified as carcinogenic to humans, which contributes to chronic inflammation.

Organic oats are your answer.

NUT MYLKS

Nut mylks as a dairy replacement have demonstrated to be a huge contribution in fighting chronic inflammation, however not all nut mylks are the same.

Some nut mylks carry large amounts of sugar, but our biggest problem is emulsifiers and carrageenan’s, which are thickening agents used in many alternative milk products. These additives coat your intestines, making it hard for your body to digest food.  

Try making your own nut mylk, or find a brand that doesn’t have additives.

SUPPLEMENTS

Many supplements can contain added sugar, fillers, and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. This is especially accurate for those ‘supplement gummies’ that taste so great but are actually doing more harm than good.

Next time, check out the ingredient list of the supplement you’re buying!

NATURAL SUGARS

While honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar may sound like a healthier alternative to refined sugar, at the end of the day your body still processes it exactly the same.

If used in excess, sugar can contribute to an unhealthy blood sugar level, which can create chronic inflammation.

Read product labels to avoid too much sugar.

UNCOOKED VEGGIES

Although raw veggies seem like the healthiest alternative to everything else, there are some veggies that are best to cook. We call these guys the ‘cruciferous veggies’. They include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.

These veggies are responsible for causing thyroid issues and are closely linked to chronic inflammation. Plus, eating those veggies can be hard to digest on the gut, which aggravates pre-existing gut inflammation.

It’s best to bake or steam them!

Let’s sum this up…

So whether you’re on the anti-inflammatory diet, or you’re busy focusing on a clean eating lifestyle, please remember to always check the labels for any hidden nasties.

Unfortunately in this day and age, it’s hard to completely trust what a company is marketing to us, knowing that these additives are a quick and effective way to cut costs!

And furthermore, if your veggies aren’t sitting right then try cooking them instead. Your stomach will always thank you later when less work is involved in digesting foods!

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  • Hi Just some little further advice wherever you are located in the world!

    Always WASH any raw vegetables and fruit you intend to eat – and even if intended to be cooked – unless peeled or skinned before you do so. While the goodness of a product may lie just under the skin or peel, and in some instances you might want to eat the skin to take advantage of that, you just don’t know (among other things!) the following……………..!

    1 How long it has been lying in the field (or on a tree or bush) etc attracting insects (who may have crawled onto nasty things elsewhere! Plus general weather-related possible pollution, including dust, settling on the produce

    2 The personal hygiene of who picked it – who could transmit a disease to the item. Some crop pickers may be very poor and have only rudimentary (or no) hygiene facilities where they live or work. Not all fruit or vegetables are picked or handled by machines

    3 In some countries human sewage (sometimes called “night soil”) is used as fertiliser or added to other fertilisers, so this could be transferred onto the product (and see information relating to the “Oats” paragraph)

    4 Long transport routes to the point of warehousing or sale afford ways for further contamination – including as part of the packaging process

    5 To preserve a product, chemicals are sometimes used on the skin or the product (eg packed salad leaves washed in chlorine), or gases are used in packaging as “protective atmospheres”. If “washed in spring water” is shown on a packet, just how clean was that liquid and how often changed between product washing?

    6 Much, but probably not quite all, organic produce is likely safer as fewer (or safer or more natural) chemicals might be used, and produce by law will (hopefully!) have conformed to organic standards in growing, handling and production etc. Ideally NO chemicals – in fertilisers, for protection etc – will have been used in any organic produce. And with meat etc no feedstuffs etc with chemicals or medicines will have been used in the rearing.

    Think about it before you immediately munch into that (eg in fruit) juicy peach or strawberry right after buying it! Just wash it – or at least try to give it a very good wipe over!

    Be safe and enjoy!