Foods That Cause Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a painful swelling in a tendon and surrounding tissues, and common examples of this overuse injury include tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis in runners and wrist tendinitis from typing. Causes may be from poorly designed workspaces, overtraining or bad athletic technique, but some foods may increase your likelihood of tendonitis because it is an inflammatory disease. A healthy diet can lower your inflammation.

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Fatty Meats

Fatty meats and full-fat dairy products may increase your risk for tendonitis because of their high amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, which raise your levels of chronic inflammation, according to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center 15. Seafood may further reduce your risk for tendonitis because of its long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Caloric Beverages

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Obesity is a risk factor for tendonitis because it increases stress on your joints. Caloric beverages can lead to weight gain because their calories are not very filling compared to calories from solid foods. and Department of Health and Human Services; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; January 2010').

Refined Grains

Eating too many refined grains could potentially lead to tendonitis because of their high glycemic index, which means they can cause spikes in your blood sugar levels after you eat them. A high-glycemic diet can increase your inflammation and risk for tendonitis and also lead to weight gain and diabetes.


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Candies and baked goods, such as:

  • cakes
  • cookies
  • pastries,
  • ice cream
  • may increase your risk for tendonitis because they are sources of empty calories

A risk of eating high-calorie foods that do not contain many essential nutrients is that you may gain unwanted weight. Also, these foods may take the place of healthy foods that contribute anti-inflammatory nutrients to your diet. For example, anti-inflammatory nutrients in fruits and vegetables include vitamin C, carotenoids and dietary fiber.