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Foods That Can Make You Arthritis Worse

By Sara Butler

Some foods are great for your joints while others -- not so much. If you suffer from arthritis, then it's important to look at what you're eating. Some foods can contribute to arthritis flare-ups, causing inflammation and pain in your already sensitive joints. Here are a few foods you should avoid to keep your arthritis from being triggered.


If you have arthritis, then it may be best to avoid dairy. It is especially bad if you have rheumatoid arthritis since it can flare up due to some of the proteins found in dairy. Many people with RA are intolerant of the proteins found in dairy. For those with osteoarthritis, the kind of dairy you eat may be more important. Some studies have found that in women with osteoarthritis, milk made knee pain feel better but cheese made it worse. The only thing you can do is experiment with different foods to see how they impact the type of arthritis you have.

Deep Fried Foods

It should come as no surprise that fried foods aren't great for arthritis suffers -- or anyone for that matter. The Mount Sinai School of Medicine published a study that found that arthritis sufferers who cut back on processed deep fried foods reduce overall inflammation in their body. That's because fried foods are full of saturated fats that make inflammation worse.

If you have arthritis, consider cutting out fried foods and replace the saturated fats you eat with unsaturated fats such as olive oil. You may see an improvement in your symptoms.


Prepacked foods full of processed sugars can trigger inflammation in your body that make arthritis symptoms worse. That's why you should work to avoid sugar if you have arthritis. The journal Rheumatology published a study that found that patients reported more painful symptoms after eating foods that contain refined sugars. It's thought that increased glucose levels in the blood are responsible for the spike in inflammation and symptoms.

Products Made With White Flour

Potatoes, crackers, bread, and rice -- if they're white -- are bad for your arthritis. The refined carbohydrates in these foods can cause a spike in inflammation. The body turns them very quickly into sugar and as stated, sugar is highly inflammatory.

If you don't want to give up your white potatoes or rice, then learn how to cook them in such a way as to increase resistant starch. That should help.

If you have questions about how to care for your arthritis symptoms, talk to a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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