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Anti-inflammatory snack foods

Anti-inflammatory Snack foods

A list of Anti-inflammatory snack foods for all the snack queens (and kings out there). Inflammation can lead to a plethora of diseases  with factors such as stress, low activity and foods adding to the risk. If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time working digitally and snacking is inevitable. Here are a few snack foods that you can incorporate into your diet that also have anti-inflammatory properties. Win-win. 

Berries

Packed with the good stuff plus they’re super easy to snack on. Not only are berries packed with fibre, vitamine and minerals, they also contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which several studies have found to reduce the risk of disease. In a study where the participants were adults with excess weight, those who ate strawberries had lower levels of certain inflammatory markers associated with heart disease. 

Avos

Don’t throw in the towel on avo on toast just yet (except we recommend you eat them on Cruskits or somethint similar). A study with 51 adult participants with excessive weight, found that those who ate avos for 12 weeks had a reduction of inflammatory markers interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β) and CRP.

Green Tea

Perfect for procrastination hour, green tea has been found to have many health benefits and has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and other conditions.

Dark chocolate

A snack food we can all get behind! Dark chocolate is said to be packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Choose an option with 70% cocao or higher to reap anti-inflammatory benefits.

On the contrary, the following snack foods should be avoided:

  • Processed foods: potato chips and fast food 
  • Refined carbs: white breads, white rice, crackers, and biscuits 
  • Fried foods: fries, fried chicken, and mozzarella sticks 
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages: soda, sweet tea, and sports drinks 
  • Processed meats: bacon, ham, and hot dogs 
  • Trans fats: shortening and margarine 

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