It may not sound like it, but in a healthy body inflammation is actually a good thing that protects and heals. However, if chronic inflammation persists in the body it can damage healthy tissue and lead to other serious conditions like obesity, hypertension, cancer and even heart disease.

Not all foods are created equal and studies show that certain foods can make an already bad situation worse. Stop aggravating your body and start lowering your risk of inflammation by cutting back on these five foods.

1. Vegetable oils

Oils like soy, sunflower, corn, cottonseed and mixed vegetable are rich in omega-6 fatty acids and consuming too many increases your risk of inflammation. Try extra virgin olive oil, which is full of omega-3 fatty acids that are good for you.

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