8. Food Additives
We’ve long heard the warnings about consuming a diet rich in processed foods. One reason is because they contain popular additives, such as monosodium glutamate (or MSG) and aspartame, which, according to studies from the Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases at the University of Newcastle in Australia, have been linked to aggravating inflammatory symptoms in those with existing conditions (i.e., chronic asthma).
Nutritional biochemists from University of Newcastle studied the diets of 99 patients with asthma compared to those of 61 healthy people (without respiratory difficulties). The research revealed that inflammatory foods (those dubbed high in refined sugars and saturated fats) resulted in inflammation and overactivity in the immune system while anti-inflammatory foods (i.e., fresh veggies and fruit, foods high in soluble fiber) protected the gut from inflammation.