You Are What You Eat: Foods to Avoid When You Have a Joint Disorder

We recently wrote a blog that looked at the foods which play a huge part in keeping our bones strong and joints healthy. We identified the different types of vitamins that reduce pain in the joints and keep them feeling in good shape. However, it’s also helpful to highlight the foods that you shouldn’t be eating. These are the foods which do more harm than good when it comes to your joints and therefore should be restricted or avoided altogether. These are the foods that cause inflammation and therefore lead to joint pain.

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Red Meat

Red meat such as beef and pork should be eaten in moderation. This is because it contains high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids such as arachidonic acid – this has been known to cause inflammation. For those who suffer from joint pain, you should reduce your portion to one or two servings per week. The saturated fat that beef contains has also been known to increase joint pain.

Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks increase the chance of acidity in the blood which in returns causes inflammation. For those who already suffer from joint disorders, we advise that you don’t drink sugary drinks at all. Sugar also leads to weight gain – carrying extra weight around is definitely not good for your joints.

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Fried Food

High fat foods like fried chicken and chips should be avoided by all those who suffer with joint disorders such as arthritis. This is due to the fact that eating them in large amounts can increase body fat and therefore put extra stress on the joints. Also, a lot of fast food places will fry food in hydrogenated oils – so you’re also getting a bucket load of trans fats too.


A lot of research has shown links between those who have arthritis and people who suffer from coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is trigged by gluten, which is found in wheat and various other grains. For those who have coeliac disease, gluten can cause the small intestine to bloat. It’s possible that this could extend to the joints, making your joint pain even more severe. It’s worth getting tested for coeliac disease before completely cutting gluten out of your diet.

Sometimes joint pain can’t be managed by a simple change in the diet. Sometimes it requires surgery to see a real change in your health. If you find yourself in need of Joint Replacement Surgery London, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. Our expert consultant Miss Samantha Tross has years of experience and will be happy to give you professional advice on the best route for you to take. Just give us a call on 07943 947 639 and we will be happy to make an appointment.