Pastrami and gout is #98 in my top 100 gout topics. Like #99, yesterday, I tidied away early references to pastrami when I moved detailed food analysis to a separate website. The amount of detail was confusing and only confirmed that, for gout diet purposes, pastrami is just another type of beef.
These days, the name pastrami has spread to other meats, and now we have turkey pastrami, along with pork and mutton. Pastrami is cured and smoked, but these processes do not really change the nature of the main meat product. Pastrami is quite irrelevant to gout diet, but that very fact gives me the opportunity to explain why. In doing so, I hope I can improve your understanding of gout diet.
In particular, I hope you will learn that there are very few foods to avoid with gout, completely. Rather than avoid foods that you enjoy, life is easier if you learn how to enjoy your favorites, in moderation if necessary.
If you understand the key points, then you will find that gout diet planning becomes very easy. You do not need to choose between pastrami, corned beef, or any other type of beef. Just decide a safe limit for your meat intake, then eat whichever type of beef is most enjoyable to you.
I will explain beef and gout in a later topic in this top 100 series. There you will see some specific qualities of beef that can affect gout. But gout diet management should not start with individual foods, it should start with total weekly food intake. If pastrami forms a significant part of your diet, you can look for healthier alternatives. However, if you just want the occasional sandwich, just go for it, but try to accompany the pastrami with twice as many vegetables.
When you analyze your weekly food intake, there are several excesses to avoid:
- Avoid foods that provide excess calories, as excess weight is associated with gout
- Avoid foods that provide excess iron, as excess iron can cause gout
- Avoid foods that provide excess purines, as dietary purines are the second most important source of uric acid
Note that I recommend avoiding an excess of these foods, not any individual foods. There are no foods to avoid with gout, but you should avoid excess pastrami. If you need help with your food analysis or any of the issues raised in this article, please ask in the gout forum.
Remember, adopt healthy eating principles first. That means you should balance any meat servings with much more veg.
I will reveal the 97th most important gout topic tomorrow. Please subscribe to the free gout update service to make sure you don’t miss it. I have updated my Gout Foods Table for Meat to include pastrami.
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