“Its key players are foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, healthy fats — like those that come from olive oil and avocado — fish, nuts, and dark chocolate,” Webster told Healthline. “Red wine is sometimes considered to be a component of an anti-inflammatory diet, though it should be consumed in moderation.”
If you’re thinking that sounds a lot like the popular Mediterranean diet, you’re right.
Webster explained that an anti-inflammatory diet is basically an “on-trend term that describes established recommendations for eating healthy.”
However, an anti-inflammatory diet isn’t just about what you eat, but what you don’t eat.
Webster stressed that foods high in salt, saturated fat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates should be limited or avoided.
She said that when these kinds of foods are consumed in excess they’re linked to higher markers for inflammation — which is tied to almost every kind of chronic disease — and presents a greater risk for cancer and diabetes.
“Inflammation is a complicated process that even the most knowledgeable scientists don’t completely understand,” Webster said. “But there is some research to support that eating recommended amounts of foods like fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains can reduce
So, what makes these foods so inherently healthy?
“Primarily, it’s the antioxidants. Omega-3 fatty acids are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but it’s better… in