Fruits and vegetables help reduce inflammation in the body

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    UNDATED -- Fruits and vegetables help reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn, helps reduce risk for chronic diseases.  Chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia can be reduced if certain foods are introduced into the diet.

    Amy Jamieson-Petonic is a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic. She says an easy way to get anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is to go green; "Think spinach, think broccoli, think brussel sprouts, these foods are going to have specific anti-oxidants that will reduce inflammation in the body. And broccoli actually has a specific chemical that turns on and off cancer genes."

    Jamieson-Petonic says 100-percent whole grains also reduce inflammation. She says whole grains have components that have been shown in studies to reduce inflammation. Beans, peas, and legumes tend to stabilize our blood-sugar levels.

    When it spikes, it increases our risk for diabetes. And she says you can wash down all of your anti-inflammatory foods with a little bit of almond milk.  She continues, "What's important for people to understand is that they're getting the unsweetened almond milk. If you get the regular almond milk it's sweetened with cane juice, and that's an added sugar. Added sugars increase inflammation body and they increase our risk of disease."

    Jamieson-Petonic says herbs and spices can also decrease inflammation. So, add things like tumeric and cinnamon to some of your dishes for added health benefits.

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