Welcome back to the Tasti-Lee blog for our second post in our arthritis blog series. In the first post, we discussed the potential danger of eating tomatoes and other nightshade vegetables when you have arthritis. Today, we will discuss the good and the bad when it comes to other foods, drinks and other items.
Again, we have to emphasize that this does not constitute medical advice. We are simply relating information we have gathered ourselves online & from books such as Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.
Now, without further ado, let’s jump right in!
Foods to Watch Out For
Even if various people have arthritis, no one is the same. We want to stress that certain foods affect individuals differently, but there are certain items that are bad for most, if not all, people with arthritic conditions. These items include:
- Coffee (caffeine, in general, isn’t good)
- Refined sugar (or too much of any sweet product/food)
Other “Not So Good” Foods
Dairy foods (EXCEPT fermented dairy, like yogurt, and goat’s milk products) are said to worsen arthritic conditions, but this does not necessarily apply to everyone. If you have arthritis and consume dairy, try cutting it out for at least two weeks to see if there’s improvement.
Despite what you may think, not all fruits and vegetables are good for people with arthritis. Due to a compound called oxalic acid, which affects calcium absorption, people with arthritis should limit foods like:
- Spinach (baby spinach is said to be better than mature spinach)
- Beet greens
Avoiding nuts (EXCEPT almonds and walnuts) and nut butters is also supposed to help improve arthritic symptoms/conditions.
Foods to Love
It may seem like you can’t eat anything, but there are fortunately a lot of foods that are said to lessen arthritic symptoms and even improve calcium absorption and/or metabolism. Some of these foods are:
- Dark berries
- Fatty fish
- Whole grains (soak before cooking)
- Goat’s milk products
- Olive oil
- Legumes (beans/lentils – also soak before cooking)
In the end, you’ll have to discuss with your doctor what is best for you and your specific arthritic condition, but this information can provide you with some general tips.