3. Aspartame & artificial sweeteners
This is a total bummer, but switching to artificial sweeteners won’t help reduce your joint pain. Aspartame is notorious for causing health issues, and may even trigger arthritis in people who didn’t have it before.
Because all artificial sweeteners are whipped up in a lab, there is nothing natural about them. Your body may not even recognize them as food. That triggers painful inflammation as a defense mechanism. One potential alternative is stevia, a plant based sweetener.