5 Foods That Can Worsen Joint Pain

joint pain foodsIf you’re suffering from achy joints, you’ll want to take a close look at your diet. Some foods can trigger inflammation, which results in joint pain. Here are the five most common foods that can worsen your joint pain.

5 Common Foods That Worsen Joint Pain

Tomatoes: Although a healthy food, a recent study explored the possibility that tomatoes can trigger joint pain. The study looked at tomato consumption and joint pain among gout patients and non-gout patients. Both groups noted tomatoes were a trigger for joint pain and they increased uric acid in the body.


Sugary and refined foods: High-sugar foods can lead to inflammation, which worsens joint pain.

Dairy products: A protein found in dairy products can trigger inflammation in the body. This protein can also irritate the joints and tissue.

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs): AGEs are a toxin that develops in food after it is heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurized. AGEs are known to damage proteins in the body, which can trigger joint pain.

Alcohol and tobacco: Although technically not foods, you still consume these. Both alcohol and smoking have been linked with many negative health outcomes and alcohol consumption can increase your risk of gout.

Reducing or avoiding consumption of these food items may help ease your joint pain along with following your advised treatment recommended by your doctor. You will also want to consume more anti-inflammatory foods to further reduce joint pain.

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Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.



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