The Low-Inflammation Diet

What do zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, and veggie burgers have in common? They are all substitutes for foods that may cause chronic inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation is associated with the development of a number of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s. Inflammatory foods are thought to include highly-processed carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta and rice, fried foods, and red meat and processed meat. But new research also points an accusatory finger at wheat, barley, and rye. Researchers in Germany found that a group of proteins (called amylase-trypsin inhibitors, or ATIs) naturally found in these grains cause inflammation that may exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease. Your best for anti-inflammatory eating is to follow the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains (if you’re sensitive to ATIs, choose gluten- free grains like amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, and wild rice ), fish, and healthy oils.