Figs and gout is the 88th topic in the top gout searches series, described in Gout and You. Figs are a delicious food, often associated with an alkalizing gout diet menu. Before I discuss that, I need to clarify a specific link between figs and gout.
Some time ago, when reviewing how morin is helpful to gout sufferers, I started trying to find the best food sources for morin. I have some useful news about morin, but I cannot find anything meaningful about food sources. Though many gout studies associate morin with figs, those that do reveal sources always refer to extracts from mulberry bark. There are one or two studies into morin extracts from fig leaves, but nothing so far about the fruit. I believe the confusion may arise because mulberry and fig belong to the same plant group. Indeed the wide range of plants in the Moraceae family are often called the fig family or mulberry family. I will stop associating fig fruit with morin unless I find real evidence that it is a useful source. I will report the morin news separately. Meanwhile, back to figs…
Dried figs are often viewed as highly alkalizing. This is one of the dangers of comparing foods based on 100g portion sizes. Nobody eats 100 grams of dried figs. This was one reason why all my recent tables are based on 100 calories servings. It is still not perfect, as many beverages and spices produce outrageously large portion sizes. However, energy based portions are easier to compare than weight based portions.
Are Figs Good for Gout?
You can compare 100 calorie servings for key nutrients in my gout foods tables. Please read the Gout Foods Tables Introduction before you consult those tables. It is important that you understand how the key nutrients affect you and your gout.
Figs do not feature in the USDA Key Foods list. However, because of their popularity amongst gout sufferers, I have added them to the Gout Foods Table for Fruit. As you can see from that table, figs are remarkably similar, whether raw, dried, or stewed, and remarkably average.
Top Alkalizing Key Foods
As dried figs have caused confusion regarding alkalizing diet, I have produced an extra table of top alkalizing foods. This shows the foods from all relevant food groups in a single table, ordered by PRAL.
Even though figs are not particularly special, they can still help you create menus that are interesting. If you like figs, there is no reason to miss them as part of a well-balanced diet.
If you were hoping for some scientific studies in this article, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I will make amends when I publish the 87th topic in this series. If you don’t want to miss it, please subscribe to my gout information update service.
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