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Does certain food cause joint pain?

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Fried foods, processed foods, and foods with advanced glycation end-products, sugars and refined carbohydrates can cause inflammation and joint pain for individuals with arthritis, according to Healthline. Dairy products, salt, preservatives, corn oil, alcohol and tobacco can also cause arthritis-related joint pain.

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Advanced glycation end-products are toxins released as a byproduct of heating, frying, grilling and pasteurizing foods, explains Healthline. They are created by exposing food to high temperatures. Advanced glycation end-products attack and damage certain proteins, and the body responds to the attack by releasing cytokines to break the toxins apart. Cytokines are inflammatory messengers, which can cause arthritis.

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