Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease which affects over 1.3 million Americans. This disorder is characterized by joint pain, deformity or total loss of function. Although the incidence of cancer isn’t frequent in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, they are highly exposed to excess cancer risk factors.
Recent medical advances report that your dietary habits are potentially associated with the occurrence of both rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. According to the World Health Organization, up to 50% of cancers can be prevented by following a well-balanced diet and taking the right behavioral measures.
Indeed, obesity and foods deficient in nutrients such as concentrated sugar (e.g. fructose, treacle, corn syrup, white or brown sugar); consumption of red meat with low fiber intake and unbalanced Omega6 to Omega3 ratio; increase the risk of developing diabetes and cancer respectively. Hence, the importance of following a healthy diet based on whole-grain foods, abundant portions of fresh fruits and veggies and low in saturated fat and sugar.
In this evidence-based article, we’ll take a look at the top 7 foods rheumatoid arthritis and cancer-causing foods you should immediately cut out.
1. Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and Fish Oils
Several sources of evidence suggest that the consumption of partially hydrogenated vegetable and fish oils play a role in the development and progression of both cancer and arthritis. This is particularly explained by their hefty level of Omega 6 trans fats.
Now, it’s true that Omega 6 is highly beneficial to your health. But, only if consumed in the right quantities. Else, you will end up with a high Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio, which promotes cancer and other inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, specifically arthritis rheum.
Partially hydrogenated oils are generally found in foods rich in saturated fatty acids, such as packaged cookies and snacks, margarine, fried foods, baked foods, etc. It’s best if you rely on healthier homemade food rich in olive oil.