A Healthy Diet May Help Reduce Inflammation Risks
Inflammation is the process by which the body protects us from invasion by foreign organisms. But it can persist despite the absence of foreign invaders, a process known as chronic inflammation. This can lead to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Some foods can increase inflammation, and some can counter it. In Sweden, 68,273 adults without diabetes ages 45 to 83 reported the types of foods they ate during the previous year. For the next 16 years, the researchers recorded their deaths. Though they did not prove cause and effect, the researchers did find that participants whose diets contained the largest proportion of anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat cheese, had a 20 percent lower chance of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease and a 13 percent lower risk of early death from cancer compared with those who ate the smallest proportion. Swap when you shop: Reach for salmon and lean poultry instead of red meat; opt for olive oil instead of vegetable oils; and pick whole-grain breads over white.
Source: Journal of Internal Medicine, Sept. 12, 2018