Diet and nutrition with RA

Healthy eating is an important part of living well and taking control of your life. Although certain foods have not been shown to cause or cure rheumatoid arthritis (RA), eating healthy can improve your overall health. Healthy diet and nutrition can reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, increase your energy, build muscle and bone strength, and help control your weight.

Here are some tips on healthy eating:

  • Limit the amount of salt, fats, and sugars in your diet. This will help control calorie intake and avoid weight gain.
  • Learn to control your food portions. Fill half the plate with vegetables and fruit, fill one quarter of the plate with meat or alternatives, and fill the last quarter of the plate with grain products.
  • Choose dark green or orange vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.
  • Drink low-fat milk or soy-based beverages.

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