5 WORST Foods for Joint Pain

worst foods for joint painWhat does the pain in your joints have to do with the food on your plate?

More than you might think … or, if you’ve ever had a painful flare-up after an ‘off’ day of eating, perhaps you’re all too well aware of the connection.

The food you eat can either help or exacerbate pain of all kinds, and that includes joint pain. There are likely many reasons why, including some as yet unknown, but one proven connection is via inflammation.

While joint pain generally occurs when the shock-absorbing, cushioning cartilage in your joints deteriorates with age, allowing your bones to rub together (typically as a result of wear-and-tear), chronic inflammation in your body will only worsen the pain. This is why many doctors quickly write you a prescription for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as to go-to solution for joint pain.

The foods you eat can have a similarly anti-inflammatory effect (if you eat anti-inflammatory foods like fish and vegetables) or they can have a pro-inflammatory effect. This is the case with the foods that follow, which are among the worst foods for joint pain.

Got Joint Pain? Skip These 5 Foods!

5. Vegetable Oil

Forget the idea that vegetable oils like soybean and corn are good for you. These omega-6 fats are linked to inflammation, and they’re likely to turn rancid when you cook with them.

4. Gluten

If you’re sensitive to gluten (and many are without knowing) your body may provoke an innate immune response that causes joint pain and other symptoms. If you’re not sure, eliminate all gluten-containing foods for two weeks and then take note if your joint pain worsens upon re-introduction. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

3. Char-Broiled and Blackened Foods

Cooking food at high temperatures (broiling, frying, grilling, blackening, or barbecuing) lead to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are known to cause high levels of inflammation.

2. Soda

This sugary beverage has been found to make knee osteoarthritis, a common source of joint pain, worse.[i] This may very well be due to the large amounts of refined sugar it contains, as refined carbs lead to spikes in your blood sugar and insulin, and in turn increase body-wide inflammation significantly.[ii]

1. Partially Hydrogenated Oil (Trans Fats)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that trans fats would be banned from foods, but it’s going to take some time to get these highly inflammatory synthetic fats totally off the market. In the meantime, avoid high-trans-fat-risk foods like microwave popcorn, fried foods, frozen pizzas, cake, cookies, pie, margarines and spreads, refrigerated biscuits, ready-to-use frosting and coffee creamers.

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Filed Under: Pain and Inflammation
Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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1 thought on “5 WORST Foods for Joint Pain”

  1. Avatar Alex says:

    Hi Jessy,
    A few months ago, you recommended Green Coffee extract to lose weight, I followed you and I bought 4-boxes. After few weeks I finished the Green Coffee pills, I never lost any pound from my weight, BUT, together with my doctor high pressure pills, the Green Coffee help a lot my blood pressure, it was back 40-years ago (I`m 60-yrs old). I have to wait a real efficient weight loss treatment…

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