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Foods to Avoid that May Cause Arthritis

There are many foods that one should avoid if you suffer from arthritis. Many studies point to foods that can cause arthritis or aggravate it's symptoms. The following list of foods are ones that should be avoided:

- Nightshade family foods: eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.
- Mustard, caffeine, sodas, salty foods, very spicy foods and chocolate.
- High gluten foods that are also high in sugar, fat or cholesterol.
- Highly refined foods and meat and dairy products that are high in saturated fats.

Less pain and stiffness were reported by 46% of the patients and 36% reported reduced joint swelling. Similar beneficial effects of diet were also reported in other rheumatic disease groups. Fifteen percent of the patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis had been through a fasting period. Less pain and stiffness were reported by 2/3 of the patients in both groups and half of the patients in both groups reported a reduced number of swollen joints through diet therapy.

- Clin Rheumatol. 1991 Dec;10(4):401-7. - Diet and disease symptoms in rheumatic diseases--results of a questionnaire based survey. Haugen M, Kjeldsen-Kragh J, Nordvåg BY, Førre O.

There are now sufficient good scientific studies, from the UK and abroad, to suggest that, at least in some patients with rheumatoid arthritis, dietary therapy may influence at least the symptoms and possibly the progression of the disease.

- Br J Rheumatol. 1993 Jun;32(6):507-14. Review of dietary therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.Darlington LG, Ramsey NW.

References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health.

last update: April 2009

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