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.
3. Processed Meat
Have you heard before of a diet which is low in fiber and, conversely, rich in refined grain, dairy products and processed meat? You sure have, it’s the typical American diet. What’s particularly dangerous about it is the processed meat component (e.g. sausages, salami, hot dogs, corned beef) which is preserved using precursors and additives, notably nitrate and nitrite that represent cancer risk factors.
In the case of arthritis, saturated fats in meat are significantly correlated to metabolic syndrome and osteoarthritis. The symptoms include swollen and painful joints.
The icing on the cake is the acrylamide formed during high-temperature cooking of processed meat. Although there’s still no unanimity on the association between acrylamide intake and cancer and arthritis, numerous investigations have reported an increased risk of various cancers and arthritis complications.
Salt has many overall human health benefits. Indeed, it promotes vascular health and, in conjunction with potassium, regulates the fluids in your body. Nonetheless, it’s easy to consume too much salt as both sweet and processed foods are laden with it.
Excessive salt intake has been associated with various adverse health effects, notably osteoporosis, Meniere’s disease, obesity and cancer. Rheumatoid arthritis patients feel salt’s effects even more as it tends to promote joints inflammation.
Thus, make sure to use regular natural sea salts in food making.