During my review and reorganization of the Gout Diet section, I noticed how my old Diet For Gout page was about the benefits of losing weight for gout sufferers. Control of excess calories is important for some gout patients, though probably not as many as is generally believed. There was a lot of useful information on that page, so I reproduce it below.
The latest gout foods to avoid pages, now cover specific aspects of excess calories and gout, including tips for losing weight that do not trigger more acute gout flares.
I will expand the relevant pages in the Gout Diet section to make it clear that a diet for gout must consider different types of foods to avoid (or at least to limit). As excess calories lead directly to extra uric acid from the purines in our own flesh, it pays to consider calorie control. As with all forms of gout treatment and diet changes, your plan must start with gathering information about yourself. This article introduces some tools to help you assess if weight loss needs to be part of your personal gout management plan.
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Every gout sufferer wonders what gout foods they can eat. Typical questions are:
- What can I eat with gout?
- Will a certain food make gout better or worse?
- What foods should I avoid for gout?
Gout pain makes you miserable, and when you don’t know what to eat, it just makes things worse. My best advice is not to listen to what other people tell you about gout food and diets. Gout varies a lot between different people. What suits one person is unlikely to suit you. Here are my best tips for gout diet.
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Recently I’ve been researching Mediterranean diet for gout sufferers. It is fast becoming my gold standard for an easy way of eating. It is much more about developing healthy eating habits, rather than strict dieting. This is the best way to approach gout diet – you want healthy eating for the rest of your life, not miserable food restrictions.
Like any lifestyle change, adopting a Mediterranean diet takes some effort at first. However, it is very easy to start gradually and improve slowly. This is great for gout sufferers, as it avoids the uric acid rush of crash diet programs like the Atkins diet. In fact, evidence suggests that a Mediterranean diet will lower uric acid for most gout sufferers.
This year I am committed to introducing gout diet plans to guide gout sufferers to eat in a way that helps their gout treatment plans, not hinders them. I explain food and drink as gout treatment in my Gout Remedy guidelines. Mediterranean diet will play a big part in this process, and I hope to refine it in several ways. In particular, I will look for ways to produce personalized Mediterranean gout diets that incorporate all the foods you enjoy, without compromising your gout treatment.
That is something for the near future. Today I want to discuss Mediterranean diet for gout right now.
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What Is The Best Diet For Gout?
Gout sufferers keep asking me what is the best diet for gout.
I have to disappoint them – there is no such thing. We can say that a bad diet will make gout worse, but what can we say about a good diet?
It might help your gout, and it might not. The best diet for gout is the one that helps you.
The idea that gout is caused by diet is wrong. Gout is caused by excess uric acid. There are certain bad eating habits that can cause uric acid to rise. However, this does not mean that you can stop gout just by improving your diet. Gout takes years to get to the point where you notice it.
The uric acid crystals that cause a gout flare up today, might have started growing 5 years ago. Nobody knows exactly how long, but we do know that they can take a long time to dissolve. A good gout diet might start to reverse years of bad eating. But do you really want to continue with years of gout attacks?
No, you need to get uric acid under control immediately, then follow a diet that helps your treatment plan. Your treatment plan has to be personal to you. Therefore the best diet for gout is a personal diet that supports your gout treatment plan.
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Brussels sprouts and gout is topic #82 in the Gout and You series, which is based on popular searches by GoutPal visitors.
Brussels sprouts are included in USDA key foods list, and so I listed them in the Gout Foods Table for Vegetables. We can also see that Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin C which is good for uric acid.
From a gout point of view, they are quite unremarkable, as I can find no studies linking Brussels sprouts with gout or uric acid. On the other hand, food is prominent in the minds of many gout sufferers.
Brussels sprouts tend to divide opinion. Do you love them or hate them? It does not matter, and this is key to understanding good gout diet. You can plan a good diet around any foods that you love, and avoid foods that you hate. Therefore, this is a good time to use Brussels sprouts as an example of how you should plan a diet for gout.
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Bison and gout is the 95th top topic in the Gout and You series.
Bison is not one of the key foods that I currently include in my gout foods tables. However I did include some nutritional information in old pH tables associated with alkalizing gout diet menu. I have moved this detail to another website. [Update: I have updated Gout Foods Table for meat to include bison] The main point to consider is that bison, like most red meat is very acid-forming and needs to be balanced by around 3 to 4 times as much vegetables. Specifics vary between different cuts of red meats, and how they are cooked. The general nutritional advice about bison is that, as with all red meat, it should be eaten sparingly.
Despite the advice to limit red meat, there is a view that bison is “healthy.” This is misleading, because the articles that explain this make it clear that bison is a healthier alternative to beef. But planning a diet for gout means looking for better alternatives without losing enjoyment. So can we improve our gout diet by swapping beef for bison?
Purine information is not available for bison, but there is no reason to think that it is any different than any other red meat. Other key nutrients covered by my current gout foods tables are little different between bison and other red meats. However, there is one nutrition factor that might be better than beef, and it is particularly relevant to gout.
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