Arthritis Food Myths

Arthritis Food Myths

As a registered dietitian who has rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, Lona Sandon is well acquainted with claims that particular foods have the power to quell or to worsen arthritis pain. For instance, she says, “A patient will tell me her arthritis worsens if she eats sugar, or that she has less pain and stiffness if she takes a tablespoon or two of cider vinegar each day.” So what sparks these healing food myths and how do you distinguish the myths from the real science?

Sandon calls it an “emotional need to overtake the common sense of knowing how the body works.” But in just about all cases, the science doesn’t bear out.

READ MORE: Arthritis Today

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