One of the ways that people who suffer from arthritis can improve their health is by changing their diet. Studies have shown that a high cholesterol and high fat diet may contribute to the problem. Hence a general diet plan was designed to prevent arthritis from occurring in the first place and to relive the pain for those already afflicted. It's not a strict diet, but more like a list of foods to avoid and foods that may be beneficial.
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Arthritis: foods to avoid
Some of the foods to avoid include anything from a fast food restaurant, soda, and starchy foods such as potatoes. Red meat intake should be minimal, as should anything high in saturated fat. Greasy foods and fried foods are out of the question. Some foods that may relieve the pain include fruits high in vitamin C like oranges, apples, and strawberries. Oily fish are also helpful as they are high in vitamin E, and grains such as wheat and brown rice are beneficial as well.
The arthritis epidemic
Many scientists believe that the standard, high-in-fat western diet contributes to the prevalence of arthritis. So the arthritis diet attempts to avoid the negative aspects of this diet and thus may even help those who aren't afflicted become healthier. It also emphasizes nutritious types of food which are essential in weight loss program.
Since studies have shown that diets high in fat and cholesterol are tied to Arthritis, perhaps you should consider either the Cholesterol Lowering Diet or the Low Fat Plan.
More on these diets below...
Low Fat Diet
The eDiets.com Low Fat Plan is low in fat and rich in complex carbohydrates. It encourages individuals to get no more than 25-30% of their daily caloric intake from fat and instead substitute complex carbohydrates in order to decrease the calories consumed. The benefits of a low-fat diet include a reduced chance of heart disease and certain cancers, increased energy and brain productivity, and healthy long-term weight maintenance.
Cholesterol Lowering Diet
This diet focuses on getting the dieter’s LDL (bad cholesterol) down and the HDL (good cholesterol) up by way of eliminating bad fats and incorporating the good fats found in avocados, nuts, fish and other healthy foods. Though cholesterol may be lowered by other methods, this diet is based upon the idea that incorporating healthy food choices can help lower a person’s cholesterol levels much faster.