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.

Eat more of this … And less of this …
Brussels sprouts Corn
Grapefruit Eggs
Melon Meat
Raisins Hard cheeses
Spinach Prunes
Last updated: May 14, 2009