Inflammation is the bodys first line of defense against infection or injury. But when it gets out of whack, too much inflammation is thought to increase the risks for life-threatening disorders like cancer and heart disease.
A possible remedy: Replace the inflammation-causing foods in your diet with those that fight it. Tufts University scientists say alkaline-producing foods help maintain bone and muscle mass, while acid-producing foods do the opposite. And other research suggests that excess bodily acid may boost inflammation.
Our list of foods below shows which help and which hurt. Get more good-food-bad-food information here.