Acute inflammation is the pathway to healing. However, chronic inflammation is the basis for the development of every major chronic illness. There are inflammatory foods and inflammatory lifestyle habits that play a huge role in chronic disease. There are also blood tests to measure forms of inflammation that you can be tested for.
What are “inflammatory foods”? First off, cooked food in general is known to be inflammatory. A study done by the Swiss doctor, Paul Kouchakoff, M.D. entitled, The Influence of Food Cooking on the Blood Formula of Man, was presented in Paris at the First International Congress of Microbiology in 1930. Dr. Kouchakoff showed that eating cooked food causes the human body to have a white blood cell reaction, similar to a leukocytosis reaction that occurs when you get a bacterial or viral infection. This was termed a “digestive leukocytosis.” He demonstrated that the most inflammatory reaction occurred when subjects ingested foods that were manufactured, processed, or have chemical preservatives or dyes added. It was significantly less when they ate whole foods that were cooked. However, when his subjects ingested raw, unaltered, nutrient-rich whole food, or food heated at low temperatures—the leukocytosis did not occur.
Therefore, here is my list of “inflammatory” foods that immensely contribute to chronic disease. I also call this my “foods to avoid” for those of you who are reversing any chronic illness:
Refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices
White flour products, white rice, sugared breakfast cereals; snack foods like the reduced-fat “baked” potatoes, corn-chips, cookies, pretzels and crackers
Foods fried in hydrogenated oils (these are high in trans-fat)
Foods fried in liquid vegetable oils (soy, corn, safflower, canola, cottonseed)
Pasteurized or ultra-pasteurized milk (low fat milk, skim milk, powdered milk or imitation milk products)
Also consider eliminating these inflammatory foods: