Arthritis means joint inflammation and the term is used to describe around 200 conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue. The condition is more common among adults aged 65 years or older, however, it can affect people of all ages. Certain foods can cause inflammation in the fat tissue. As well as contributing to the risk of developing obesity, heart disease and other conditions, it can make arthritis inflammation worse.
Avoid processed foods as these items contain high levels of trans fat. Foods such as baked goods and prepackaged meals and snacks contain the dangerous fat to help preserve them. Trans fats trigger systematic inflammation which could wreak havoc with those suffering with arthritis. To help avoid trans fats, avoid any foods labeled as containing partially hydrogenated oils.
Sugar and certain sugar alternatives
Foods that contain refined sugar including pastries, chocolate, sweets and carbonated beverages trigger the release of proteins in the body known as cytokines, which cause inflammation.
Sugar is labeled many ways in food items; in addition to sugar, one should be careful with items such as corn syrup, fructose, sucrose or maltose in the ingredient list.
Meat, especially red meat, is high in saturated fats, which cause high cholesterol and inflammation.
Meat also contains high levels of Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) that stimulate inflammation, particularly when meat is cooked.