Should You Avoid Drinking Soda with Rheumatoid Arthrits?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Are there certain foods and/or drinks which should be avoided when you have rheumatoid arthritis? I have heard that drinking carbonated sodas, etc. are not recommended.

Doctor's response

Generally, rheumatoid arthritis is not aggravated, in any universally predictable fashion, by foods we eat. This is what research tells us.

Having stated that, it must be recognized that each human being is a complex organism and that we are each different. Anecdotally, a particular individual may notice worsening of symptoms after certain foods are eaten. This individual may, indeed, benefit by avoiding or limiting these foods.

Finally, researchers have also found that fish oils have inflammation - fighting properties. This is especially true of fishes in the salmon family. Eating diets that emphasize fish my benefit some patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil tablets are also available in health stores and pharmacies for this purpose. For more, read the Rheumatoid Arthritis article.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018