An August 2006 review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains was successful at reducing inflammation and decreasing cardiovascular risk. On the flip side, eating foods high in refined starches, sugar and saturated and trans-fatty acids were shown to result in increased inflammation.
So why does a healthy diet reduce inflammation while a fast food diet increases it? In a word: fat. In July 2012, the third International Congress on Abdominal Obesity was held at Université Laval in Quebec City. There, medical specialists convened to discuss new research on belly fat. Researchers shared growing evidence that the way to decrease chronic inflammation may not be just through medication, but through a diet that cuts excess belly fat.
Peter Libby, chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a professor at Harvard Medical School, explains: "We've learned that abdominal fat tissue is a hotbed of inflammation that pours out all kinds of inflammatory molecules." Dr. Libby says the most important step patients can take is to lose excess weight, which can reduce inflammation in a matter of weeks or months.
To further reduce inflammation, avoid these foods:
So what's the best way to lose weight and cut inflammation? Take your cue from our tan, lean and healthy friends from the Mediterranean, and eat a diet rich in the following foods:
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