Top arthritis foods to avoid

The main arthritis foods to avoid are those that increase the inflammation within the body. But, before we list these food items, it is good to have a general awareness of the connection between arthritis and food.

Is arthritis affected by food?

If several studies are to be believed, it would seem so.

  • Germany’s Federal Research Center for Nutrition found that increasing fiber intake to eight servings per day reduces inflammation in the blood to almost one-third of previous levels.
  • Harvard School of Public Health carried out a study that showed that berries like strawberries lowered inflammation in the blood by 14%, when sufficient quantities were taken in each week.
  • Another study explored the relationship between juvenile arthritis and food. The study found that there are grounds to believe that juvenile arthritis is related to diet.

These studies seem to indicate an inherent connection between foods and the factors that trigger and increase inflammation.

For example, research shows that corn, sunflower, cottonseed and soy oil contain fatty acids that directly lead to increasing inflammation within the body.

These inflammation-causing fatty acids may also be seen in plenty in foods like margarine, egg yolk, snacks, salmon and meats. Obviously, these come under arthritis foods to avoid!

Other foods to avoid include:

    Dairy: Milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt.

    Sugars: Refined sugar, white sugar, brown sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Sugar comes under arthritis foods to avoid because it interferes with the absorption of calcium and nutrients, which is bad news for people with bone and joint problems.

    Additives: Artificial sweeteners (Equal, Splenda, Naturasweet), Aspartame, food colors, flavor enhancers like MSG and so on.

    Fried foods: Burgers and fries are a strict ‘no’ because these foods contain Omega 6, which make symptoms of inflammation worse.

    Energizing foods: Coffee, tea, soda, caffeine and alcohol are among arthritis foods that are taboo. Caffeine leads the body to lose vital vitamins and minerals from the body. So, if at all you need to use any of these substances, take them sparingly.

    Common table salt: This is high in sodium. Replace this with sea salts.

    Processed foods like fast foods, chocolates, pasta, pizzas, candies and so on are arthritis foods to avoid because they have high amounts of sodium.

    Nightshade veggies: Eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes are not advised.

    Foods containing gluten like breads, pasta, baked products, oats, barley and wheat must be avoided.

It is important to maintain low calcium to phosphorus ratio in a diet for arthritis. This is because excess phosphorus tends to drain calcium from the body quicker.

This makes symptoms of arthritis worse. Phosphorus is found in foods like red meat, red fish, processed meats, soft drinks and liver.

As you can see, certain foods increase inflammation almost immediately. These must be avoided at all costs.

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