Ham, Bacon, and Inflammation

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For those of us with knee osteoarthritis, the momentary enjoyment of consuming processed foods can be followed by increased inflammation and as a result, increased knee pain.

Cutting back on the many desserts available during holiday parties, and the many sugary beverages or artificially sweetened sodas that accompany them can certainly help keep inflammation at bay. However, it isn’t just sugar that’s the problem.

So what’s another type of food that contributes to increased inflammation?

PROCESSED MEATS

Yes, that’s right.

We are talking about that honey-baked ham, pan-fried bacon, and saturated fat’s good old friend, sausage.

All of which are holiday and winter favorites. And, all of these are processed meats that can contribute to inflammation.

Processed meats contribute to inflammation by producing nitrous compounds which are associated with an increased risk of inflammation-related pain, but also of chronic diseases such as cancer.

Though sometimes it can be challenging to avoid these foods entirely, especially in the case of a dinner party or get-together where you have little control over the food- it is always possible to reduce your intake of them.

One way to do so is to add more salad and vegetables to your plate.

In fact, studies have shown that eating a salad before a meal can result in fewer calories consumed during the meal while providing extra nutrients that can decrease the body’s response to any inflammatory foods that are consumed.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a food spread at a dinner party or event to contain everything but vegetables. However, there is a solution:

Offer to bring the salad yourself.

It’s that simple.

By offering to bring a salad, you can not only contribute to the event, but you can also contribute to having a healthier diet for yourself and others.

In fact, anytime you bring a salad to a party or event, you may be surprised by how many people appreciate your healthy and delicious contribution.

In our next article, we will take a look at another group of foods that can contribute to inflammation and that can be found everywhere, especially during the colder months: Refined Carbohydrates.

 

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