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.
If you want gout foods to avoid, calories are just as bad as purines.
Purines don’t just come from meat on your plate. They also come from meat on your bones. So more weight = more flesh = more uric acid.
Just like other animals, humans eat for energy, and to build new tissues. New tissue replaces old, but if we overeat, our bodies create extra tissue, and we get fat. Tissue replacement is an essential part of life, but the meat in our own bodies is just as much a source of uric acid as the food that we eat.
Eating excess purines will increase uric acid levels from your diet. Excess calories will do the same with body weight.
Gout is not simply about food, but where food is a contributory factor then calories are just as important as purines. In fact, they may play a bigger part in gout diet management as calories are contained in almost all foods, whereas purines that affect gout are only found in animal products and some fungal products, like mushrooms and yeast. Purines in vegetables can be ignored.
Everyone thinks that gout foods to avoid means high purine foods. That’s just not true.
You need to know the foods that are bad for your gout. Then I can show you how to avoid them. But not in boring ways. You have to enjoy your gout diet, or you will never stick with it. I show you how to identify foods you should avoid. How to plan tasty meals without them. How to maintain a better gout diet for the rest of your life.
Did you know that there are 4 main food problems for gout sufferers? Gout diet is much more than purines. Many gout sufferers have no problem with purine intake, yet they become obsessed with them. This is worse than needless worry. If all you think about is purines, you might miss other important foods to avoid. It is easy to make your diet worse if you do not see the big picture.
I cannot give you lists of foods that you should eat, and lists of foods that you should avoid. These could be meaningless, because every person is different. What you need to know is how to identify foods that are good or bad for you personally.
I have developed a carefully structured training course to guide you towards the best gout diet for you. It teaches you how to identify the right foods, how to identify the wrong foods, and how to continuously improve your gout diet. The lessons you learn will stay with you throughout your life, so you can always find your best food, even when your circumstances change.
My Gout Foods To Avoid training course covers:
Why do you want to avoid foods?
Which of the 5 bad groups affect gout?
Which foods do YOU need to avoid?
Switching food items and changing habits
Recording your changes
What benefits have you found?
What more can you avoid?
You get personal help along the way, with a variety of learning support services. This includes membership of an exclusive club with 24 hour helpdesk. You are never rushed to complete the course quickly. You only move onto the next lesson when you are ready to.
Gout affects everyone in different ways. I have discussed the personal effects of gout with thousands of gout sufferers. I know what works, and I know how you can identify what food matters to you. This training course gives you the power to start controlling your gout.
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I am reorganizing the Gout Diet section by moving all the detailed nutritional information to a separate food and health website. This should reduce some confusion regarding certain aspects of the role that food plays in managing gout.
Under the old scheme, I used the “gout food to avoid” label to refer to acidic foods, but this led to confusion on two counts.
Confusion between an acid-alkaline balanced diet and uric acid.
Confusion about avoiding all acid forming foods.
Under the new scheme, I will use the “gout food to avoid” label to refer to excess calories. These are always bad for gout because excess calories leads to excess body tissue – the main source of uric acid. Excess calories also leads to excess weight, which adds to the load on gout-ridden joints.
Although food is not as important to gout as many people believe, there is always a case for good nutrition. Many gout sufferers have other health conditions that can be improved by diet. Particularly common amongst gout sufferers are:
Sweets and Gout is #83 in the Gout and You series, a countdown of your top gout search topics.
Sweets are usually sugar-based, eaten as a snack or to finish a meal. As such, they represent a high proportion of nonessential carbohydrate in the diets of many gout sufferers. As you will see, there are two major risks from sweets, which might make them foods to avoid for people with gout.
Before I explain those risks, let’s look at some facts about sweets as gout foods. I have produced a Gout Foods Table for Sweets, which lists all the key foods in the Sweets food group of the USDA nutrition database. You will see from that list that relatively small portions of sweets can easily provide more calories than we might need.
The risk of excess calories, combined with certain properties of sugar, means that gout sufferers face a double whammy of increased gout. That does not mean you have to avoid all sweets, but you do have to understand the dangers, and how to manage them.
When researching uric acid & diet, fructose keeps getting a mention, but never clearly.
With the publication of a recent review of the effects of fructose on uric acid in gout diets, I am pleased to see that the lack of clarity is now official. Whilst it does not give us a clear picture, at least it is enough to send some snake-oil salesman packing.
There has been a rash of pseudo-scientific reports recently claiming that fructose is the root of all gout problems. This untruth is used to sell various products and reports that are designed to make money from gout sufferers. The science was never clear, but the charlatans presented it in a way that would convince many people that their products or reports had some merit.