Inflammatory foods vs Anti-inflammatory foods

Inflammatory foods v anti-inflammatory foods

Inflammatory foods vs Anti-inflammatory foods

This short list describes which foods to minimise and which to eat from an inflammatory standpoint.


Inflammatory foods

  • Nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, eggplant)
  • Spinach and chard
  • Hot-spicy foods
  • Citrus fruit (except lime)
  • Fermented foods such as vinegar and kombucha
  • Salty, sour and pungent foods
  • Fatty, fried foods
  • Heating oils such as peanut, sesame, safflower and almond oil
  • Red meat
  • Coffee (even decaf)
  • Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol
  • Refined sugar
  • Refined grains (aged basmati is alright)
  • Processed foods
  • Additives and preservatives
  • Allergenic foods (this will be different for everyone but common examples include soy, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, shell fish and nuts)

Increase cooling foods in the diet to decrease inflammation

  • Ghee – cooking with ghee is fabulous – use instead of vegetable oils
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut water
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Cucumber
  • Cooling spices such as coriander, fennel, fresh ginger, pippali and cardamom
  • Sweet, juicy fruits such as dates, apples, avocado, red grapes, ripe mango and coconut
  • Aloe Vera juice
  • Pomegranate juice