15 Foods That Can Increase Your Risk of Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune disorders, caused by the immune system attacking healthy cells due to uncertain reasons, may link to specific foods. These foods can cause inflammation, worsen symptoms, or possibly trigger the disease. This article discusses 15 such risk-increasing foods.


Wheat's gluten may cause inflammation and autoimmune responses in people with celiac disease/non-celiac gluten sensitivity, known as autoimmune disorders.


Milk's protein, casein, may trigger inflammation, worsening autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.


"Sugar may increase autoimmune disorders risk due to inflammatory properties. High intake leads to insulin increase & inflammation, possibly triggering autoimmune response. "


Tomatoes have alkaloids and solanine which may cause inflammation, worsening symptoms in those with autoimmune disorders and arthritis.


Rye, a grain in many gluten-containing foods, can cause inflammation leading to autoimmune disorders. It's best avoided by affected individuals.


Corn, a common allergen, contains proteins that can trigger inflammation. Autoimmune disorder sufferers may react severely, raising their risk of autoimmune conditions.


Soy's phytoestrogens can disrupt hormone balance, cause disorders like lupus & Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Soy can also trigger inflammation.


Peanuts, a common allergen, can provoke immune responses and exacerbate autoimmune disorders. They contain lectins which may disrupt gut functions.


Crabs may trigger autoimmune disorders, especially in people with shellfish allergies due to an overreaction to crab proteins.


Alcohol raises the risk of autoimmune disorders by causing "leaky gut", a state where toxins trigger an immune response leading to inflammation and disease.


Barley can cause an immune response, particularly in people with celiac disease. This disorder involves gluten ingestion damaging the small intestine.


Coffee's caffeine can over-activate the immune system, leading to increased symptoms or flare-ups in individuals with autoimmune disorders.


Eggs, particularly the whites, have proteins that can cause allergies or worsen autoimmune disorders in sensitive individuals.


Shrimp allergy can cause immune responses resulting in inflammation and possible worsening of autoimmune disorders.


Excess salt consumption can worsen autoimmune symptoms & disrupt gut microbiota, impacting immune health.

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