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2. Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables
Not only will a diet high in fruit and vegetables keep your weight in check, it will also provide you with lots of carotenoids and flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation. The best-known carotenoid is beta carotene (found in foods like spinach, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kale and butternut squash), but another carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin, may also reduce the risk of developing inflammation-related disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Great foods for beta cryptoxanthin include corn, winter squash, apricots, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers and oranges. Rich sources of flavonoids are blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and cherries. Aim for up to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, suggests Larson.