Tomatoes and Gout: Gazpacho
One day, I hear that tomatoes and gout are good together. The next day I hear tomatoes are bad for gout.
The truth is that tomatoes are tasty and this delicious gout diet recipe is scientifically proven to lower uric acid.
Tomatoes And Gout Warning
Many people with gout avoid tomatoes, claiming they cause gout. There are two possible reasons for this.
- Allergic reaction
- Uric acid lowering effect
An allergic reaction might cause an inflammatory response that could aggravate gout. If you have this type of allergy, you should avoid this recipe.
The study that I have adapted this recipe from showed that daily consumption of this soup lowers uric acid. Although this was only 1 – 1.2 mg/dL (0.06 – 0.07 mmol/L), if your level is, say 7 – 8 mg/dL (0.42 – 0.48 mmol/L), the drop might be enough to cause some urate crystals to start dissolving. This causes the same reaction as when you are taking urate lowering medication – as the crystals dissolve, they can trigger a gout attack. For this reason, many gout patients on urate lowering therapies are also given pain relief such as colchicine or NSAIDs. I have written a fuller explanation of this in my article on allopurinol medication.
Tomatoes And Gout Recipe: Gazpacho For Gout
Tomatoes form about half of this gazpacho recipe. There are thousands of different gazpacho recipes. This one is a simple one, based on an experiment that proved that high-antioxidant gout diet recipes can lower uric acid.
In this experiment, the gazpacho was served in two 250ml portions as a snack, morning and afternoon. This is very much in keeping with my gout diet plan. A healthy snack between meals makes you less likely to fill your plate at meal time, and less likely to refill it with seconds. ‘Little and often’ is the GoutPal way. Make the most of it with this cold soup.
I present the recipe as near to the original form as I can, but you should adapt and improve it to your taste. I find that just adding a teaspoon or two of Tabasco, or other chili sauce improves the flavor, and the antioxidants.
I have calculated quantities to make about one liter, which will last for two days with two snacks per day. If you improve it, please send me your version, and share your experience of tomatoes and gout.
|Tomatoes||2||cups||approx 2 large tomatoes|
|Cucumber||2/3||cup||approx 3″ slice of standard size cucumber|
|Green Pepper||1/2||cup||1 small pepper, might be slightly less than 1/2 cup|
|Onion – chopped||2||tbsp||approx. half medium onion|
|Garlic||1 or 2||cloves||to taste|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||4||tsp|
|Water||3/4||cup||use more or less for thinner or thicker soup|
- Wash and roughly chop all vegetables.
- Place chopped vegetables in blender with all liquids. Blitz until smooth.
- Add salt and sugar to taste.
- Pour into airtight container, seal and refrigerate overnight to infuse flavors.
- Serve one quarter of the soup as a snack mid morning and mid afternoon.
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Can Tomatoes Trigger Gout?
This type of question is why I say you should stop worrying about gout triggers. Because uric acid crystals might cause gout attacks when they are forming and when they are dissolving. So how do you know exactly how tomatoes are affecting your gout? Tomatoes might be one of the triggers for gout. But it is very hard to know if that is good (old crystals dissolving) or bad (new crystals forming). Talk to your doctor about getting uric acid safe. Then you can stop worrying about tomatoes.
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