Food for Thought: Oils you eat can cause your arthritis to flare up


Chances are you’ve heard of the “good for you” Omega-3 fats found in fish. They help reduce arthritis, but have you heard of omega-6 fats?

Maybe not, but you are probably eating them often and they inflame your arthritis.

Omega-6 fats are found in soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oil. These oils, especially soybean, are used in just about every convenient and packaged food you find in the grocery store. From breakfast sandwiches, margarine and snack foods to frozen dinner entrees. So read labels and eat fewer of these omega-6 oils.

Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store where you will find more fresh foods and fewer packaged foods. Then increase the omega-3 fats by eating more fish, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed and use some non-GMO canola oil.

If you still need help, see your doctor and dietitian. Studies show that people who receive early treatment for RA feel better sooner, more often, and are more likely to stay active.  

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