Nutrition and Eating Well
The Importance of a Healthy Diet
While there is no definitive anti-arthritis diet, research suggests that certain foods and supplements may help relieve the pain and other symptoms of arthritis. The effects are fairly specific to different types of arthritis, which is why it is important to know what type of arthritis you have.
What to Eat
What to Limit or Avoid
Canada’s Food Guide recommends limiting foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt (sodium). These include cakes and pastries, chocolate and candies, cookies and granola bars, doughnuts and muffins, ice cream and frozen desserts, french fries, potato chips and other salty snacks, alcohol, fruit flavoured drinks, soft drinks, sports and energy drinks and sweetened hot or cold drinks.
To choose healthier food and beverages, start by reading and comparing the “Nutrition Facts” table found on pre-packaged food and beverages. Look for products that contain less fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and sodium. Keep in mind that the calories and nutrients listed are for the amount of food listed at the top of the table (generally not for the full product).
Overall, try to limit or avoid the following ingredients in your diet:
Weight and Arthritis