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It’s not just the food, but the way it is cooked can trigger or impact inflammation that leads to arthritis. Foods typically cooked at high temperatures, like meats, may contribute to the risk and exacerbation of chronic diseases linked with inflammation.

According to the results of a research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, frying or grilling certain foods at high temperatures produces compounds that can increase inflammation in the body. The compounds, called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), are the culprits that show up in the blood of people with chronic diseases associated with inflammation, including diabetes, heart disease, RA and OA. AGEs detected in blood were thought to come solely from our body’s natural supply of AGEs, but scientists have now found that foods cooked at high temps – like seared burgers and fried chicken – create AGEs that can be absorbed by the body.

“We expect that increased levels of AGEs increase inflammation, although a direct link to arthritis is not firmly established,” says Jaime Uribarri, MD, the Mount Sinai physician who led the study. While this doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite breakfast meat or get rid of the barbecue forever, “Just diminish your exposure,” advises Dr. Uribarri.

Thus for people with arthritis, the aim should be to achieve a lower AGE diet.

Cooking tips for arthritis
  • Reduce the cooking temperature of meats and proteins. Steam fish and seafood, simmer chicken in a sauce and braise red meat in a cooking liquid.
  • Limit the amount of grilled, broiled, fried and microwaved meats in your diet.
  • Cut down on processed foods. Many prepared foods have been exposed to a high cooking temperature to lengthen shelf life, so they may have high AGE contents.
  • Get more fruits and veggies in your diet. Cooked or raw, they’re naturally low in AGEs, and many contain compounds such as antioxidants that can decrease some of the damage done by AGEs.

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