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It’s All About the Ingredients
Dessert doesn’t have to be off the menu if you’re trying to eat wisely while living with psoriatic arthritis. In fact, using certain ingredients to create wholesome desserts may help relieve the pain associated with psoriatic arthritis.
In theory, inflammation-fighting foods can cause subtle effects in your body that impact arthritis symptoms, and also provide beneficial cardiovascular effects, says Soumya Reddy, MD, assistant professor of rheumatology and dermatology and codirector of the NYU Langone Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center in New York City.
There's no harm in adding these healthy foods to your diet as long as you use them in conjunction with your medication, Dr. Reddy says. But be sure to check with your doctor before making drastic dietary changes or adding supplements.
Because there is a link between obesity and psoriatic arthritis, it's very important to eat nutritious foods. For instance, skip the fat-laden cheesecake, says Janet Colson, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition and food sciences at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Here are some arthritis-friendly ingredients and recipe ideas for healthy desserts.
Cinnamon and Apple Oats
Apples are known to be high in antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body and may help curb inflammation. Research has shown that just one serving of apple has the same antioxidant power as 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C. Cinnamon also has been shown to pack an anti-inflammatory punch.
Dr. Colson recommends this cinnamon and apple oats recipe for a healthy, inflammation-fighting variation on apple pie. Simply cook a serving of oatmeal with nonfat milk and stir in a heaping teaspoon (tsp) of cinnamon. Top with chopped apples and a spoonful of nonfat Greek yogurt.
Sweet Cherry Parfait
Research has found that sweet cherries have an anti-inflammatory health benefit. When people who had slightly high cholesterol levels ate Bing sweet cherries, their blood tests showed lowered levels of biomarkers linked with inflammatory disease.
To make a nutritious sweet cherry parfait, layer nonfat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt and pitted cherries in a glass. Top the parfait with a small handful of chopped nuts, such as six walnut halves, for crunch.
A Steaming Cup of Cocoa
A study published in February 2012 in theJournal of Nutritionfound that adding cocoa to rats’ diets lowered markers in their blood associated with arthritis and inflammation, and positively changed the way antibodies responded in their body.
The key is to avoid loads of sugar. Packets of hot cocoa have three to four times the amount of sugar you should be getting, Colson says. Instead, heat a cup of nonfat milk in the microwave or on the stove. Once heated, stir in a few tablespoons of cocoa and one tsp of sugar. You may need to train your palate to appreciate less sugar, but you'll enjoy the strong chocolate flavor.
Dark Chocolate Tart With Almond Crust
Research has found that eating almonds not only improves cholesterol levels, but also helps reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and body weight, and helps regulate glucose.
Enjoy the benefits of cocoa and almonds with this delicious dessert recipe from Geri Boneske, a mortgage consultant in Hanahan, South Carolina, who has psoriatic arthritis:
To make an almond crust, chop almonds in a coffee mill or use packaged almond meal. Mix it with a small amount of melted butter and vanilla extract, and press it into a tart shell. Next, melt dark chocolate with a little half-and-half. Once it's smooth, stir in fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, peaches, or nectarines. Pour the dark chocolate and fruit into the tart shell, and pop it into the freezer to set.
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Grape and Cheese Plate
When researchers at the University of Michigan Health System added red, green, and black grapes to the diets of obese rats for three months, they found that markers of inflammation in the rats' bodies significantly decreased, particularly in the liver and abdominal fat.
The best way to enjoy grapes is to eat them raw, says Colson. But be sure to wash the fruit well to prevent foodborne illnesses. Look for sweet grapes that are firm — these will burst with flavor when you pop them in your mouth. Pair them with a 1-ounce serving of your favorite cheese. If you've already had a rich dinner, then a low-fat cheese is a good choice for dessert, says Colson.
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