How do you know the best fruits and vegetables to eat? There are foods you may still have a reaction to. For example, the nightshade varieties may bother you. These are vegetables like the tomato, cucumber, eggplant and various peppers. All this information can make your head spin…
We all have heard about wheat gluten. Refined sugar and too much salt are other ingredients we may want to avoid altogether or limit their use. Is moderation the key? Is a little alcohol like wine OK? I really think we need to pay close attention to how our bodies feel after we consume all food and drink.
Is olive oil, which is used freely in the Mediterranean diet a good idea? I believe the Okinawan is the ‘clear’ winner. Through my own research and real life experience refined oil no matter saturated or not will inflame my joints, especially in my feet. And, as a bad bonus, it harms the endothelial cells of our arteries, etc. leading to potential future cardiovascular disease.
‘An increasing body of evidence shows that chronic inflammation causes and advances many common diseases [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3492709/]’.
Purines in meat can cause inflammation, even gout. I have personal experience with that, as when I used to eat pork or ham, I got gout in either the left or right big toe. Same goes for alcohol made with grain. It would happen drinking beer and whiskey, too.
Alas, my meat-eating and alcohol drinking days are long over. Extreme pain is a great motivator to stop doing that which causes bodily harm. I also stopped eating sauerkraut and olives, which may make inflammation worse.
Possible inflammation triggers I avoid…
- Citrus Fruits
- Nuts like Cashews, Almonds and Peanuts
- Sugar, Corn syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Wheat, oats, barley, rye
Testing showed purines in vegetables like asparagus, cauliflower, spinach and eating mushrooms did not affect subjects like animal protein. But, I am not so sure about that for me. But, apparently most, if not all steamed and cooked vegetables become neutral and OK to eat for almost anyone. See elimination diet.
‘I discovered high-glycemic index foods like white potatoes and refined carbohydrates fuel the production of advanced glycation end (AGE) products that stimulate inflammation. There is what they call the ‘Maillard reaction ’ from frying and baking. Furthermore, acrylamide is produced at high temperatures. Alternatively, you could boil or microwave your potatoes, instead. The poor maligned potato is a known inflammation trigger of the ‘nightshade variety’ ~ your author
I eat more rice than potatoes. But, rice also has something wrong with it. It’s called arsenic. How much arsenic is OK? Of course none, but I eat it anyway. I buy California grown brown basmati rice, it is one rice known to have the least arsenic and other bad things.
Is there anything left for us to eat that’s good for us? You have to eat something, and fortunately, there is enough left to eat. But, I also don’t like asparagus, cauliflower and can give up spinach and eating mushrooms as well, which also has purines. I eat large green salads with my own dressing and cooked kale. There are always nutritious alternatives. All we need do is find what we like that’s also healthy to eat. Continue to Official 2019 Plant Based Whole Food Diet ‘Update’.
Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3492709/
Website Title EMBO reports
Publication Month November
Publication Year 2012
Article Title The inflammation theory of disease. The growing realization that chronic inflammation is crucial in many diseases opens new avenues for treatment
Date Accessed April 01, 2019
Website Title National Center for Biotechnology Information
Article Title Home – PMC – NCBI
Date Accessed April 01, 2019
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.