10 of the Worst Inflammatory Foods to Avoid

2. Trans fat is one of the worst inflammatory foods to avoid

Not only do trans fats increase levels of bad cholesterol, at the same time they reduce the good cholesterol levels, too. There is also an association between trans fats and obesity, degenerative diseases, and inflammation. A study on the effects of trans fats on insulin resistance showed that just one meal can raise the insulin resistance in overweight individuals.[2]

What to do: Avoid packaged goods that contain trans fats or have hydrogenated oil or vegetable shortening in the ingredients. Check the product labels and look for alternatives that contain none of these. Other trans fats include: doughnuts, cookies, pies, cakes that have been processed using shortening or hydrogenated vegetable oil.

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