4 Snacks for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Inflammation is linked to numerous health issues—which you may be able to combat with these healthy, between-meals bites.
The Movie-Night Munchie with Perks
Think of popcorn as a blank canvas, which, all of a sudden, can become a vehicle for delivering anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. Turmeric, paprika, rosemary and oregano are great options that are all high in antioxidants that may fight inflammation. The key is to season the popcorn while it's still warm, so the herbs or spices stick.
Fresh fruit may already be your go-to when sweet cravings strike, and if you're interested in fighting inflammation, you can't beat antioxidant-rich blueberries. Plus, berries are one of the staples of the Nordic diet, which lowered the activity levels of inflammatory genes found in fat tissue, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The Spoonable Treat That Keeps You Balanced
There are as many reasons to love yogurt as there are ways to eat it—but the draw for anyone following an anti-inflammatory diet is that this dairy powerhouse gives you a dose of probiotics, or live bacteria. When unhealthy bacteria get the upper hand in your gut, they promote inflammation. Probiotics help ensure that the healthy kind of bacteria stay on top instead.
The Good-Fat Nibble
We know that nuts are an ideal pick-me-up, packed with protein, as well as healthy monosaturated fats and fiber. There's more, though: a recent study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who frequently ate nuts had lower levels of an inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein (CRP). Moreover, almonds, in particular, are an excellent source of vitamin E, which may help to protect the body from the effects of harmful free radicals and has been shown to reduce inflammation.