Zucchini and gout is #94 in the Gout and You series, which features your most searched for topics associated with gout.
A summer squash, zucchini is also commonly known as courgette. As such, it’s a member of the gourd family that includes various squashes, pumpkins, and marrows (see Marrow Seeds and Gout). So I’ve included links to uric acid research in the zucchini and gout related information after this article.

Zucchini and Gout Purpose

I wrote this article for GoutPal Foodies who are looking for food information that might affect gout. Then you can discuss this with health professionals who are advising you about your gout. As such, this supports the Purpose of GoutPal.com. Because it helps you learn about foods you might discuss with your doctor or dietitian. Also, it helps you identify irrelevant topics so you don’t waste time consulting professionals for their gout advice that you don’t need.

Gout Dieters will be interested in the uric acid research[1]. But if you’re not sure where to start with plans for gout foods, then read Questions for Gout Sufferers.

Zucchini and Gout

There is no human gout research for zucchini. Though related pumpkin research indicates there may be benefits from some varieties. Also, there are unlikely to be negative effects. Anyway gout diet planning starts with a healthy foundation. So zucchini are generally considered to be a valuable part of any basic diet.

As they are part of the summer squash family, you can use the values for Squash, summer, all varieties, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt from the Gout Foods Table for Vegetables. That table is listed in GoutPal Index order, and the summer squash average has an index score of 20. As such, zucchini are a valuable contribution to any gout foundation diet. Remember, variety is important, so be sure to eat a mixture of different colored vegetables.

It is good to make vegetables around one third of everything you eat. Zucchini is very versatile. It can be cooked in many different ways, or added raw to salads. Beyond its expected uses, zucchini makes an interesting alternative to carrot cake. I was surprised to learn it can be used in biscuits and other snacks and desserts.

If you are considering zucchini as part of your gout diet, don’t forget about other squashes. Butternut squash and pumpkin are popular choices, but there is a wide range of other squashes available. Most of them are easy to grow, so you know exactly what you are eating, as well as saving money.

To give you some idea of the versatility of this gout-friendly vegetable, list of contents of The Classic Zucchini Cookbook includes:

  • Starters, Salads, and Soups
  • Vegetarian Main Dishes
  • Seafood, Chicken, and Meat Main Dishes
  • Summer Squash Side Dishes
  • Winter Squash Side Dishes
  • Breads and … (Cakes & Biscuits)
  • Desserts
  • Pickling, Preserving, and Freezing

I may review this book soon. If you finish it before me, please share your opinions and experiences in the Gout Forum.

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Zucchini and Gout References

  1. Keith Taylor. “Pumpkin, Squash, and Uric Acid Research.” GoutPal’s Gout Library (Dec 2020).

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