There are 4 ingredients you’ll want to look out for when you’re fighting inflammation. Real talk? These things aren’t good for anyone, but those of us with autoimmune conditions are particularly sensitive. So let’s talk about what to avoid and how to avoid them…

01 Processed Sugars

Processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Check ingredient labels for any word ending in “-ose” (e.g. fructose or sucrose).

02 Saturated Fats

Saturated fats trigger adipose (fat tissue) inflammation, which in turn worsen joint inflammation. Red meat, butter, cream, cheese, and anything made with these ingredients are common sources of saturated fat.

03 Trans-fats

Trans-fats trigger systemic inflammation. They’re found in fast food, fried foods, processed snack foods, frozen breakfast products, cookies, donuts, crackers and most stick margarine.

04 Artificial sweeteners: not as sweet as they may seem.

Artificial sweeteners have been shown to cause inflammation. Aspartame, the main ingredient in diet coke, is particularly infamous for its inflammatory effects.

Members:

Your Health Advisor can help you act on this advice at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everywhere in between. We can even schedule a free consultation with our nutritionist on staff to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need!

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