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6 Foods to Avoid When You Have Arthritis
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

You may not think about your arthritis when you walk down the aisles of a grocery store or when you’re at a restaurant ordering food. But, you will definitely be concerned when you’re done reading through this post.

There are certain foods that can either suppress or promote inflammation in the body. If you choose anti-inflammatory foods over the inflammatory ones, you may see some improvement in your arthritic symptoms and pain. With that in mind, here’s a lowdown on some foods you need to steer clear of when you have arthritis.

1. Processed Foods

Processed foods like prepackaged meals, snacks, and baked goods should be avoided. Trans-fats are used for preserving these items. These fats are bad for you because they trigger inflammation. To steer clear of trans-fats, don’t eat any foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil.

2. Meat and Fried Things

High amounts of saturated fats found in meat causes inflammation and cholesterol. This is especially true for red meat. Moreover, meat contains advanced glycation end-products or AGEs, known to stimulate inflammation especially when meat is prepared by frying, broiling, roasting or grilling.

Fried foods like French fries, donuts and fried chicken should be avoided as well since they contain AGEs and trans-fats.

3. Dairy Products

Cheese, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and cream cheese are all high in both AGEs and saturated fats. They’re major inflammation triggers, which is why you should consume them sparingly or avoid them altogether.

4. Certain Oils

Peanut, corn, safflower, soy oils and sunflower contain a high-amount of omega-6 fatty acids. They’re healthy in small doses. However, excessive consumption of omega-6 can trigger inflammation. This isn’t the case with types of oils high in omega-3 such as canola, flaxseed and olive oil. These varieties can be taken in greater amounts.

5. Tobacco and Alcohol

Alcohol and tobacco can cause many different health problems and they may also affect joints. Smokers are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis while consumption of alcohol increases the risk of developing gout. So, steer clear of tobacco and alcohol if you have arthritis.

6. Pasta

Wheat products such as bagels, crackers, bread, and pasta can affect the joints of people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Wheat contains gluten – a protein that may aggravate and irritate arthritic joints. Rye and barley also contain gluten, which is why you should avoid them too. Instead, opt for brown rice, quinoa, or polenta. They don’t contain gluten and are rich in fiber.

Avoiding foods that can aggravate your condition isn’t only good for managing arthritis. These foods can also prevent other conditions such as diabetes and heart diseases. Don’t think that you won’t be able to eat anything tasty if you stick to an anti-inflammatory diet. There are plenty of mouthwatering anti-inflammatory foods out there to satisfy your taste buds. For more information, feel free to contact us at Advanced Neurosurgery!

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