7. Diet Soda: Worst Food For Arthritis
Sorry, but switching to diet Coke will not make a difference if you want to avoid arthritic discomfort. Artificial sweeteners have their own set of drawbacks, and they are just as likely to cause inflammation as refined white sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Artificial sweeteners are chemical substances that disrupt the equilibrium of beneficial gut flora. This implies that the body is having difficulty metabolizing glucose and, as a result, is releasing inflammatory cytokines. Normally, the beneficial bacteria in your stomach can compensate by releasing anti-inflammatory chemicals, but not if you’ve killed them all with artificial sugar.