Food & Nutrition

12 Foods to Avoid If You Have Arthritis


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You’ll find sugar, aspartame, and/or phosphoric acid on the ingredient list of most sodas. All three of these can flare arthritis pain through aggravating inflammation. Try replacing your soda with green tea or one of these fruity infused waters.

Safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oil

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Safflower, sunflower, soybean, and corn oil all have one thing in common: They’re composed of more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Given that omega-6s are pro-inflammatory fatty acids, as opposed to the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, these oils can make arthritis symptoms worse. Try swapping these oils out for avocado oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil, or cod liver oil. In fact, omega-3 supplements are one of the 14 arthritis home remedies even doctors strongly recommend.

Potato chips

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Similar to French fries, potato chips are an AGE-producing refined carb, loaded with sodium, and tend to be fried in not-good-for-you vegetable oil. All three of these factors make them likely to irritate bodily inflammation. These brands of healthy chips may hit the spot when you’re craving something crunchy!

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