5 Worst Foods for Your Joint Health
While corn oil is readily available on store shelves as an alternative to other types of cooking oil and an ingredient in many baked goods and snacks, it is not good for joint health. Corn oil contains omega-6 fatty acids, which potentially triggers inflammation. Using olive oil rather than corn oil reduces the risk of inflammation found in corn oil.
Fried and grilled foods
Frying and grilling food are both bad for your joint health. The Arthritis Foundation points to research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where researchers discovered that frying and grilling at high temperatures produced compounds known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Although your own body produces some AGEs during the metabolic process, the Arthritis Foundation says “High levels of the compounds in the tissues and blood can trigger an inflammatory response and have been linked to the recent epidemics of diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
Turn down the temperature and limit frying and grilling foods to help limit your exposure to unhealthy amounts of AGEs.
Sugar and refined carbs
High amounts of sugar in your diet also produce higher levels of unhealthy AGEs that potentially contribute to increased inflammation. Besides that fact that white sugar is unhealthy for a number of other reasons, it potentially raises your risk of poor joint health.
Most of the healthy benefits of carbohydrates get lost during the refining process. This leaves the unhealthy benefits often found in processed foods. Both white sugar and white flour foods increase inflammation, resulting in unhealthy risks to your joint health.
Consuming high amounts of salt is unhealthy for a number of reasons, including the risks to your joint health. Salty foods contribute to inflammation, explains HealthLine. Even those so-called “healthier” frozen foods contain a high amount of sodium.
Lower the amount of salt you use at the table and read labels to help reduce your sodium intake to reduce the risk to your joints.
For many people, gluten triggers an inflammatory response which can result in joint pain. Reducing or eliminating gluten-contain grains from your diet may reduce joint inflammation and your risk of flares if you already suffer from conditions affecting your joint health.