Want to reduce inflammation? Pass on the bread.
Wheat contains Gluten and Lectins. These have a severe inflammatory response in about 1 in 6 people. These symptoms range from the mild end of headaches, to more severe such as Celiac Disease.
The majority of people- over half, and maybe as much as 80%, have some sort of mild inflammatory response that goes undetected over time.
Additionally, grains also contain phytic acid which reduces the absorption of minerals that are very important for bone health and reducing your body’s inflammatory response- minerals such as zinc, calcium, and magnesium. They also contain Omega-6 Fatty Acids which cause inflammation (as opposed to Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in cold water fish that reduce inflammation. Additionally, grains increase the acidity in your body causing more inflammation.
Bottom line? Passing on the bread can help reduce inflammation in the long and short term.
Stay tuned for “But I thought Whole Grains were Good for Me?”
Source: The Nutritional Foundation How to Reduce Inflammation with Diet and Supplementation (Anabolic Laboratories)