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Should I eat processed foods if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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You may want to cut back on highly processed foods like packaged snacks, baked goods, and lunch meats. Some research shows that the saturated fat in them raises inflammation. It’s not clear that these foods affect rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but cutting back on them may be good for you in general, so it's worth trying.

From: Are You Getting the Nutrients You Need? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Nutrient-Rich Foods That Can Be Medicine," "Nutrition Guidelines for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis," "The Relationship Between RA and the Food You Eat."

Clifton O. "Bing" Bingham, MD, director, Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center; associate professor of medicine, divisions of rheumatology and allergy, department of medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, vice chair of rheumatology; director, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland.

Ruchi Jain, MD, assistant professor of rheumatology, attending rheumatologist, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Nutrition & Rheumatoid Arthritis."

National Jewish Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Lifestyle Management: Diet and Pain."

NIH Senior Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Daniel J. Wallace, MD, assistant program director, rheumatology fellowship program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Nutrient-Rich Foods That Can Be Medicine," "Nutrition Guidelines for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis," "The Relationship Between RA and the Food You Eat."

Clifton O. "Bing" Bingham, MD, director, Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center; associate professor of medicine, divisions of rheumatology and allergy, department of medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, vice chair of rheumatology; director, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland.

Ruchi Jain, MD, assistant professor of rheumatology, attending rheumatologist, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Nutrition & Rheumatoid Arthritis."

National Jewish Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Lifestyle Management: Diet and Pain."

NIH Senior Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Daniel J. Wallace, MD, assistant program director, rheumatology fellowship program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 04, 2018

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