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Fatty meats, such as red and processed meat, are high in saturated fat, which may increase inflammation and cause arthritis pain to flare, says Larson.
In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, researchers tracked the correlation between meat consumption and symptoms of degenerative arthritis and soft tissue disorders (problems with the tissue and structures surrounding joints) among the 96,000 participants of the Adventist Health Study.
Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix when it comes to reducing arthritis pain, but recent research suggests that following a healthy, plant-based diet and adding in certain foods could help.
“The goal of your diet should be to eat foods that have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can help manage symptoms like joint pain, swelling, and tenderness,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Kim Larson, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
It’s also important to stay at a healthy weight in order to reduce stress on joints, says Larson, and every pound counts.