Foods To Avoid If You Have Arthritis

Gluten and wheat.

These two products can produce an inflammatory response even if you are not gluten or wheat intolerant. A leaky gut has been linked to joint pain.

A leaky gut lets toxins into the bloodstream which can then lead to inflammation around the joints.

Because arthritis causes inflammation in joints, it can be extremely painful, resulting in swollen and stiff joints.


Almost all dairy products contain a type of slow-digesting protein called casein. Casein protein can have the potential to irritate the tissues around the joints.

This will then evolve from a joint irritation into a full-blown inflammation

Corn oil.

Corn oil should be avoided since any food with abnormally high doses of omega-6 fatty acids can have the potential to cause inflammation.

An excess of any oil, such as canola, grapeseed, or sunflower, can lead to inflammation.

It is easy to overindulge in these omega-6 fatty acids since so many foods contain this compound.

Fried and processed foods.

Studies have shown that a reduction in fried and highly processed foods can reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body’s natural defenses regardless of your age or health status.

If you tend to eat a lot of fried and processed food in your diet, cut down on what you are consuming.

Try to eliminate fried meats and prepared frozen meals from your diet and add more vegetables and fruits.

Foods that have been fried, grilled, heated, or pasteurized.

A toxic byproduct, known as advanced glycation end product (or AGE), is found in many fried, grilled, heated or pasteurized foods.

It can actually cause inflammation. When these AGE foods are consumed, it elicits an autoimmune response since some proteins in the body are ‘attacked.’

This then causes the onset of arthritic symptoms due to increased inflammation.


Things like fructose, glucose, and sucrose can stimulate molecules in the body which will then stimulate inflammation.

You should also avoid drinking carbonated drinks, which are loaded with sugar and are extremely high in calories.

This can lead to weight gain and inflammation.

Foods that contain refined flour such as white rice and pasta can also increase your blood sugar level, causing your body to produce inflammatory chemicals.

These chemicals, known as cytokines, can worsen arthritis symptoms.

Refined carbohydrates.

White flour products such as white bread, white potatoes, and most cereals can cause inflammation since they are high on the glycemic index.

Furthermore, refined carbs may increase the risk of obesity. Obesity is one of the primary risk factors of arthritis.

Alcohol and tobacco.

Alcohol and tobacco have been linked to a specific type of arthritis called rheumatoid arthritis.

Tobacco and alcohol use can lead to a large variety of different health problems, including inflammation.

Smokers are at a higher risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, while alcohol can increase a person’s risk of developing gout.


Smoking is a big factor in the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

People who have smoked for more than 20 years are at a much higher risk of developing severe rheumatoid arthritis.

Smoking can also decrease the effectiveness of certain drugs that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.


There’s no established arthritis diet plan. What works for one person may not work for someone else. Trial and error will help you determine which foods you need to remove from your diet.

In general, experts advise people with arthritis to maintain a healthy body weight and eat a balanced diet.

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