February 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #91: Will Chocolate Affect My Arthritis?

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There are different types of arthritis, with different causes and factors which can improve or worsen the condition. Some persons believe that eating foods such as caffeine, chocolate, red wine, sugar, dairy products and red meats can make your arthritis worse.

According to Arthritis Magazine and About.com, as with any medical condition, certain foods, activities and medications effect each person differently.

Some people have demonstrated a sensitivity to caffeine, chocolate and red wine, which adversely effects their arthritis, while others do not appear to have any trouble consuming these foods. Studies cannot rule out the placebo effect - thinking that not eating the food will make you better, in fact, DOES make you better.

You may wish to try removing certain foods from your diet, one food at a time, to see if there is any change in your arthritis. Then you can definitely decide whether or not chocolate is unhealthy for you and your type of arthritis.

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