12. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are on the Dirty Dozen list, but that’s not the only thing to consider when deciding whether or not to eat them. Peppers are part of a group of veggies called nightshades, and some claim that they cause inflammation in the body.
Chronic inflammation is linked to the development of all kinds of ills, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention joint and arthritis pain.
Peppers also contain the alkaloid solanine, which is known to disrupt nerve function in some people and can cause twitching, trembling, and convulsing. For people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any joint issues, we recommend avoiding bell peppers.