10 Foods to Avoid if You Have Joint Pain

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Joint pain is a condition of an inflammation of the joint and always been associated with arthritis. The inflammation or the pain occurs around the joint, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle and the occurrence based on several factors which include the family history, age factor, gender type, previous joint history and obesity. What we consume in our daily life contributes to the development of the body. Some type of food can stimulate the inflammation in our body and in order to lessen the pain, several foods have to be limited for consumption. Suggestions on how to reduce the inflammation or joint pain can be considered through the types of food to avoid as below:

1. Gluten and wheat

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Both of these foods produce an inflammatory response especially for those who intolerant to gluten or wheat. A leaky gut has been associated with joint pain in many studies. A leaky gut is a condition where the bloodstream entered by toxins and waste through the intestines. As the body warn itself and starts the immune response, this response triggered an inflammation which affected the areas of the joints. Some patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who are intolerance with gluten recorded with less joint pain when they don’t consume it.

2. Dairy foods and products

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Dairy products contain a type of protein called casein which irritates tissues around the joints and cause the inflammation to appear. For those suffering from arthritis, instead of getting protein from meat and dairy sources, you can get the protein from vegetables and vegan products like beans, lentils, tofu and spinach.

3. Corn oil

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Corn oil or any sources of food with a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids can trigger the inflammation. Any other oils made from seeds such as sunflower oil, canola, cottonseed and grapeseed should also be avoided. This also includes products (baked goods and snacks) produced from seeds or with a high amount of fatty acid.

4. Fried and processed foods

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There is a range of processed foods on supermarket shelves; from deep fried chicken, nuggets, meat patties and seafood surimi. All these processed food products contain a high volume of salt, fat and preservatives in which cause the inflammation and might affect people with rheumatoid arthritis. Corticosteroids which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis cause the body to hold more sodium; which may come from canned foods and ready-made convenience foods consumption.

5. Solanaceae vegetables

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The Solanaceae vegetables like eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes contain solanine; a related glycoalkaloid produced by certain plants acts as a natural defence mechanism against herbivores, insects and diseases. The solanine compound produces reactions in arthritis sufferer by adverse their physiological reactions as well as causes the inflammation.

6. Sugar

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Processed sugar produces cytokines; a group of glycoproteins, peptides and proteins functions to mediate, stimulate and regulate the inflammation, immunity and hematopoiesis of the body. Sugar is a common term used for ingredients such as fructose, glucose, sucrose, lactose, maltose and others. Read the label carefully before you decide to spend on any products, just to make sure you consume less sugar to reduce the inflammation of your joints.

7. Alcohol

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Alcohol can lead to several types of health problems including the inflammation. According to Karen Costenbader, a rheumatologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, a limited amount of alcohol consumption can reduce biomarkers of inflammation. Drinking too much alcohol increases the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the body and CRP known as a strong signal of inflammation.

8. Red meat

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Red meat contains high levels of saturated fat which clearly can contribute to obesity and intensify the inflammation. It also contains omega-6 fatty acid which can affect the joints by inflammation with the uncontrolled intake. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis claimed that they feel better when they do not include red meat as part of their meals.

9. Fats and oils

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Not all fats are bad as some fats are needed by the body as balancing the diet. But in order to reduce the inflammation, ones have to limit or avoid a certain type of fats like saturated fat, omega-6 fatty acid and trans fat. Saturated fat is a fat that remains solid at room temperature and it can be found in foods like butter, cheese and meat. For people who are suffering from arthritis have to watch their cholesterol levels by reducing the intake of saturated fat as it may develop a risk for heart disease.

10. Aspartame

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It is an artificial sweetener replacing sugar in most carbonated drinks and snacks and can be found in more than 4,000 products all around the world. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than the refined sugar; the main factor of why it been used widely in food industries to replace the sugar. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but if your immune reacts to it as a foreign substance, the immune system will trigger an inflammatory response.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: February 12, 2019 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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