First thing, pro-inflammatory foods can do a lot of damage. If your diet contains significant amounts of processed, pro-inflammatory foods, the consequences can range from excess body fat in the short term to long-term issues like type-2 diabetes and related serious, chronic diseases.
The good news is that if you bias your diet toward anti-inflammatory foods — real foods, mostly plants — you can enhance your health, recovery, and performance.
It’s important to remain mindful of foods that can do the most inflammatory damage. Here are five pro-inflammatory foods to minimize whenever possible: