Some of the foods we frequently eat can cause chronic inflammation, others can reduce inflammation. One group of foods to avoid are those made with refined flour. I'm replacing these with whole grains, which experts believe help reduce chronic inflammation.
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Let's now look at the link between eating refined grains and chronic inflammation. Foods have an effect on blood sugar. This is measured by the glycemic index (GI). A food that has a low glycemic index will raise blood sugar much more slowly than a food with a high GI. According to Dr. Weil, chemical reactions occur in the body between the sugars and protein that produce pro-inflammatory compounds called AGEs (advanced glycation end products). These AGE's can be moderated by keeping blood sugar levels low and stable. So inflammation can be controlled by by eating low GI foods.
Recent research suggests that the glycemic load of foods may be just as important to consider as the index, but that's for another post. Make sure to check out The University of Sydney, School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, Human Nutrition Unit link to their glycemic index tool. You just enter a food and it tells you the GI and load.http://www.glycemicindex.com/
The bottom line - eat more whole grains.