Those suffering from arthritis pain often feel better within weeks of making the dietary change to a vegan diet. This compound can even pass into the system through drugs, supplements and skin-care products that contain animal-based ingredients.
Bacterial endotoxins in animal products may be another reason they trigger an inflammatory immune reaction.
It is important to eliminate all animal products including meat and dairy to obtain the full benefit.
Most people eliminate milk from their diets without paying attention to the other hidden sources of dairy-derived ingredients they consume in processed foods.
These ingredients contain milk proteins:
Butter (artificial butter, artificial butter flavor, butter, butter extract, butter fat, butter flavored oil, butter solids, dairy butter, natural butter, natural butter flavor, whipped butter)
Casein & caseinates (ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed casein, iron caseinate, zinc caseinate)
Cheese and cheese flavor (artificial and natural, cheese food, cottage cheese, cream cheese, imitation cheese, vegetarian cheeses with casein)
Cream and whipped cream
Dairy product solids
Half & Half
Hydrolysates (casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate)
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
Milk (acidophilus milk, buttermilk, buttermilk blend, buttermilk solids, cultured milk, condensed milk, dried milk, dry milk solids, DMS, evaporated milk, fat‐free milk, fully cream milk powder, goat’s milk, Lactaid® milk, lactose-free milk, low‐fat milk, malted milk, milk derivative, milk powder, milk protein, milk solids, milk solid pastes, non‐fat dry milk, non‐fat milk, non‐fat milk solids, pasteurized milk, powdered milk, sheep’s milk, skim milk, skim milk powder, sour milk, sour milk solids, sweet cream buttermilk powder, sweetened condensed milk, sweetened condensed skim milk, whole milk, 1% milk, 2% milk]
Milk fat, anhydrous milk fat
Sour cream (sour cream solids, imitation sour cream)
Whey (acid whey, cured whey, delactosed whey, demineralized whey, hydrolyzed whey, powdered whey, reduced mineral whey, sweet dairy whey, whey protein, whey protein concentrate, whey powder, whey solids)
Yogurt (regular, frozen, yogurt powder)
The following ingredients MAY contain milk protein:
Natural flavoring (any flavoring, caramel flavoring)
High protein flour
Lactic acid starter culture
“Non-dairy” products may contain casein
For more information, go to KidsWithFoodAllergies.org
Wow...now that you have read "the list" what do you think. Was it surprising to you how many ingredients in processed foods are derived from dairy products?
- Meat and it's by-products
- Milk and all dairy products
- Sugar (found in soft drinks, fruit drinks, pastries, desserts, candies, snacks, processed foods, corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, maltose and sorghum syrup)
- Legumes and grains should be avoided because of their high lectin content, which can be a trigger food for Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory joint diseases.
- Refined Oils, such as corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean and sunflower. These are high in Omega-6 fats, causing an inflammatory response and have also been linked to heart disease and cancer.
- Trans fats (found in deep-fried foods, commercially bakes foods and processed foods)
- Refined grains (some people also have problems with whole grains, but less problems are often noticed if the grains have been sprouted)
- Artificial Food Additives, such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
The top Anti-Inflammatory Foods that help PREVENT inflammation and pain:
Sea Vegetables, such as kelp, kombu, wakame, arame. (Avoid processed seaweed snacks which are laden with salt and oil and verify that your source of sea vegetables come from unpolluted waters
- Ginger, turmeric and wasabi
- Spirulina, Research confirms that the proteins in Spirulina inhibit the production and release of histamine, which is a chemical that ignites an inflammatory response in the body. Unfortunately, Spirulina is very difficult to digest and therefore is often not assimilated well in the body. The good news is that when spirulina is fermented it has already undergone the process to break it down and can therefore be efficiently used in the body. The Body Ecology company is a great source for fermented Spirulina. Please leave your comments below if you have tried this whole food product.
- Flax seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds and chia seeds, are plant-based fats which are high in Omega-3 fats. Avoid polyunsaturated oils that are high in Omega-6 fats, such as safflower, soybean, corn and sunflower oils. These oils have also been linked to heart disease and cancer.
- Shitake and Maitake mushrooms are another anti-inflammatory food and are best eaten raw or lightly steamed. Avoid deep-fried mushrooms since most of the important healing compounds in the mushrooms are destroyed and the oil used in frying is an inflammatory food.
- Papaya contains papain, which is a protein-digesting enzyme that helps reduce inflammation.
- Pineapple contains bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in many anti-inflammatory supplements for arthritis.
- Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries are all high in antioxidants that offer anti-inflammatory protection. Conventional berries have very high levels of pesticides, therefore it’s always best to purchase the organic variety.
- Broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens are all very beneficial also and are the most nutrient-dense when eaten raw or fermented.
If consuming dried fruits, consider purchasing those that are free of sulphur dioxide, which is a preservative that has been linked to respiratory conditions and migraine headaches.
Those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other inflammatory joint disease should:
- Get genetically tested for gluten sensitivity & food allergies
- Work with a health care professional who knowledgeable in plant-based nutritional counseling and a rotating diet plan.
- Remove sugar, dairy, soy, peanuts and other legumes from the diet (these foods tend to be high in lectins)
Those that adapt to eating a plant-based diet for joint pain relief are always amazed at the myriad of other benefits they encounter from changing their diet. I've never encountered anyone that regrets making the change.