9. Corn oil/omega-6s
Corn oil is full of omega 6 fatty acids, which are healthy in moderation even though they are known to be inflammatory. But the processed foods we find on grocery shelves these days contain too much of it, so that most of us have a skewed balance of omega 6s to omega 3s. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in products like olive oil, fish, and avocado, and these have a compensating anti-inflammatory effect.
To protect your joints, avoid oils made from corn, peanut, soy, grapeseed, vegetable, and safflower, and don’t forget to read the label on salad dressings and mayonnaise because they often contain those oils. Use olive or avocado oil at home, and boost your omega 3 intake even more with nuts, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds.
We know that food cravings can be very difficult to resist, and even those foods that are the most dangerous can reward us with a hit of happy-feeling dopamine in the brain. But if you are recovering from an injury or have chronic joint pain for which there is no cure, it’s worth it to dig deep and make a change to your diet. Remember that after a few weeks, your cravings should diminish. In the meantime, less pain is a powerful motivator to keep at it. Good luck!