Zucchini and gout is #94 in the Gout and You series, which features your most searched for topics associated with gout.

Zucchini, also known as courgettes, are a type of summer squash. Despite increasing popularity, they do not feature in the USDA key foods list. To keep my gout foods tables focused on popular food items, I now limit my tables to these key foods. In exceptional circumstances, I will add foods outside the key foods list, if they are particularly significant to gout sufferers.

There is no particular significance to zucchini. 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 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 it’s 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:

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  • 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

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