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Foods to Avoid to Clear Psoriasis

Updated February 21, 2017

Psoriasis is a skin disorder where the skin produces new cells too quickly and the old cells are not shed, so there is a build up of tissue. The new cells are on top of the old, forming a swollen red patch on your skin that is usually covered with whitish scales. Psoriasis usually appears on your scalp, knees, elbows, back of your wrists and on your buttocks. The condition appears in cycles and is aggravated by certain foods. By knowing which foods to avoid, you can lessen your psoriasis flare-ups.

Fats & Dairy Products

Avoid any type of animal fat and hydrogenated fats including fat from pork (sausage, ham, bacon, salami, bologna, pepperoni, hot dogs, canned meats), veal and beef (grain-fed). In addition, avoid certain fish products including catfish, grouper, salmon, king mackerel, swordfish, shark and solid white tuna. Dairy products to avoid include nonfat dry milk, nondairy creamers, frozen yoghurt and artificially sweetened ice cream and yoghurt.

Caffeine-Based Drinks & Fruits

Avoid caffeine-based drinks like teas, sodas and coffee completely. Citrus fruits, syrup-packed canned fruit, unripe and overripe fruit, jams and jellies, syrups and sweetened fruit drinks should also be avoided.

Vegetables, Seeds, Beans & Grains

You should avoid canned, creamed and unripe vegetables including green peppers and green tomatoes; as well as seeds; nuts, including peanut butter and peanuts; beans including soy and grains; and starch, including refined grains (white bread, crackers, pasta and cereals). Also avoid granola bars and protein bars.

Other Foods to Avoid

Oils, including margarine, shortening, lard, hydrogenated oils, canola and vegetable oils should also be avoided. Stay away from fried foods, MSG, sugar, corn syrup, artificial colouring, preservatives, artificial flavouring, soy sauce and all artificial sweeteners. Decaffeinated beverages and alcoholic beverages should also not be consumed.

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About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.