Sugar causes your body to release cytokines and these cause inflammation. Sugar is implicated in a lot of diseases because of the cytokines. And sugar may cause increased arthritis pain. Sugar is known by at least 56 different names. Look for -ose endings (maltose), syrup, and malt when reading the labels for sugar. That’s not all of them, but those cover a lot.
Artificial sweeteners should be used with caution. They are associated with various diseases, cancers and inflammation.