Sponsored: What is an “anti-inflammatory diet”?

Certain foods may be considered “anti-inflammatory” if they help lessen the effects of some diseases and problems linked to chronic (long-term) inflammation in the body like arthritis, joint pain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, diabetes and even certain types of cancer.  If we were to group these foods under one meal plan it would be what is commonly referred to as the “Mediterranean Diet.’

Some of the key foods in the Mediterranean Diet that are considered anti-inflammatory are:

fruits • vegetables • beans • whole grains • nuts • seeds fish ( especially fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna and sardines) • oils ( olive oil) • wine

Avoid or limit foods such as: foods that are highly processed ( high in sugar, salt and/or fat), fried foods, red meat, alcohol. and pastries.

It is worth remembering that your body will also deal better with illness and inflammation if:

• you get regular exercise and activity • you get sufficient sleep and rest on a regular basis •  you are not smoking

For more information see: Arthritis Diet: http://www.arthritis.org

Mediterranean Diet info from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/the-mediterranean-diet

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian





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