These Foods are Considered Bad for Osteoarthritis

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Foods high in calories

As mentioned before, it’s important for people with osteoarthritis (OA) to keep their weight off. More pounds of excessive weight can put more stress on the joint (particularly true for OA of knees).

In fact, obesity is a risk factor of OA. So, a well-balanced diet is so essential Watch on your calories!

Fatty foods are not only rich in saturated fats but usually also rich in calories. Load your diet with more healthy foods, especially those high in fiber (such as fresh fruits and vegetables) to help control and reduce your calories intake!

Foods high in purines

Purines are a chemical compound that can be naturally found in several foods. In general, they are associated with another form of arthritis called gout. They can increase uric acid levels.

Not all people with high levels of uric acid in the body develop gout. This is not fully understood yet.

Though foods containing purines are the top list of foods that must be restricted for people with gout arthritis, restricting these foods in your diet if you have OA is also worth a try.

The following foods are rich in purines:

  1. Meats such as lamb, pork, and beef
  2. Beer (alcohol)
  3. Gravy
  4. Herring
  5. Mackerel
  6. Sardines
  7. Scallops

Oatmeal and other fish also contain purines, but relatively lower – these can be eaten occasionally for people with gout. Dairy products may help reduce the risk of gout, particular the ones lower in fat such as low-fat yogurt and non-fat /low-fat milk.

For more detailed information about diet for gouty arthritis, see this guideline!

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Last accessed on September 2014


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