Chinese food and gout is #89 in the series of top searches described in the Gout and You page.
It’s very difficult to know what people are looking for when they simply search for Chinese food. Some searches include a particular item of food, but this is too widespread for a single topic. There is absolutely no connection between food that includes Chinese in it’s name. Many names refer to historic sources that have little bearing on modern Chinese cuisine. Consider:
- Chinese chestnuts from Nuts and Seeds food group
- Chinese cabbage from Vegetables food group
- Chinese noodles from Legumes or Pasta food groups
- Chinese gooseberries from Fruit food group
As variety is very important to a healthy diet, looking at various Chinese foods might be interesting. However, it is largely meaningless. If you are concerned about specific foods, you should only look at them in the context of your total diet.
As these foods are not in the USDA Key Foods list, they are not included in my gout foods tables. If you want more information about these, or any other specific foods that are not in the tables, please ask in the gout support forum.
Rather than individual foods, perhaps you are interested to see if Chinese cuisine in general has any effect on gout. Unlikely as it may seem, this question has also prompted some scientific research. Two studies have looked at Chinese dietary patterns and uric acid in the blood:
- Relationship between dietary patterns and serum uric acid concentrations among ethnic Chinese adults in Taiwan
- Major dietary patterns and risk of asymptomatic hyperuricemia in Chinese adults.
The first investigation found that uric acid was lower in participants with higher vegetable and fruit intake. However, after adjusting the results for several confounding factors, the differences were deemed insignificant.
The second investigation found three major dietary patterns, and relationships to uric acid in the blood:
- Animal products and fried food – higher uric acid
- Western – neutral
- Soybean products and fruit – lower uric acid
It is not clear if the confounding factors that neutralized the relationships in the first report might also do the same in the second report. Both reports are much smaller than corresponding American investigations into dietary patterns. As such I will not add these reports to the Gout Diet Foods To Eat guidelines.
There is a strong suggestion that some Chinese foods are good gout foods to eat. As soybeans are a large part of Chinese cuisine, we can see that these reports mirror the American studies. Normal advice is to balance meat and fish with plenty of vegetables and fruit. Advice on Chinese food seems to be: balance meat and fish with plenty of soybean and fruit. Different cuisines – same rules.
Next, I will present #88 in this series of top gout searches. More science updates of a gout diet nature. Be sure not to miss it by subscribing to my gout update service.