Checklist of Foods to Avoid When You Have Psoriatic Arthritis

Medically Reviewed by Jabeen Begum, MD on November 18, 2021

There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but you can make lifestyle changes to slow down the disease's progression. You may know about beneficial foods for psoriatic arthritis, but which ones should you avoid? Use this handy checklist to stay ahead of your psoriatic arthritis symptoms:

  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Candy
  • Fried foods
  • Low-fat diet (healthy fats are still good for your joint health)
  • Processed foods that are prepackaged and not fresh, like snack cakes, cookies, chips, crackers, and snack mix
  • Processed meats like lunchmeat, bacon, hot dogs, and sausage
  • Sugary drinks like soda, juice, and sweetened coffee
  • White bread
  • White rice
  • Foods that contain gluten

Keep in mind that your overall weight is more important than what you eat. These foods may be OK in small portions if you maintain a healthy weight.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Which Foods are Triggers and Which are Suppressants?”

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