Arthritis is a condition that stems from the degeneration and/or overuse of joints, mostly affecting the knees, fingers, and hips. Australia (15%) and the United States (over 20%) have some of the highest rates of arthritis in the Western world. Evidence of arthritis has even been discovered in dinosaurs as well as being found in human remains from as early as 4500 BC. Today, people with arthritis can manage joint pain and swelling in a variety of ways, including what they consume in their everyday diet. Although there is no prescriptive diet for arthritis sufferers, this article will explore 7 foods that people with arthritis should stay away from. As always, consult your physician before making major changes in your diet.
It has long been known that fried food is bad for just about anyone due to the amount of saturated fat. A lot of fried food is also from a freezer and is often overly processed, as well as being high in salt and artificial preservatives. These all have a negative effect on a person with arthritis. Consuming a lot of fried food also has a connection to obesity, which in turn can fast track the degenerative process of joints; this is due to the extra weight and load being placed on the knees and hips. Fried meats should specifically be avoided by arthritis sufferers.