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Healthy Living Arthritis Diet: Foods to Avoid

Written by Lisa Jillanza

According to experts, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. While there is no compelling evidence that one type of arthritis reacts differently to foods over another type, doctors do advise against eating certain foods to help alleviate some symptoms.

There is some evidence that an “anti-inflammatory” diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, may be helpful in reducing body-wide inflammation and joint pain in certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. These diets favor fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and olive oil while restricting highly processed foods, red meat, and unhealthy sources of fat. 

Obesity can also lead to certain types of arthritis, so doctors suggest maintaining a healthy weight to avoid arthritis and other obesity related ailments.

Here are some foods (and other things) to avoid if you have arthritis:

  • Fried foods
  • Processed foods
  • Salty foods
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Spicy foods
  • Red meat
  • Tomatoes
  • Gluten-containing foods
  • Canned meat
  • Mussels
  • Certain vegetable oils
  • Foods high in AGE’s