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    Dorian Kramer

    So I use an old fashioned BBQ, fire and a well seasoned grill, I have been cooking grilled veggies on it and chicken for the family. So I am wondering if cooking on the same “seasoned” surface could affect the veggies. Or would purines survive being burnt on a grill overtime? I understand if this is an odd question. Also I am going to put this a little more in depth in the old forum but I am pretty sure the banaba leaves do not help, though the chianca piedra definitely does

    Keith Taylor

    Personally, I cannot see how such small amounts of food can have any affect on gout diet.

    The right approach is to analyze total diet. Then review with respect to the 5 bad foods for gout. Or, at least, the most important 3.

    Cooking methods can affect purine content, but so can season, variety, growing conditions. Micro-managing all these small diet factors will not change uric acid significantly. It’s best to consider 3 of the 5 main factors:
    Purines – sounds to me that by reducing animal purines to an occasional treat, you’ve done as much as possible. Increasing alkalinity might improve purine excretion slightly. It’s a question of personal testing.

    Calories: There’s an issue of socially acceptable weight vs medically advised weight which we’ve discussed here in the dim and distant past. An ideal weight for gout is commonly viewed socially as being very thin. Nevertheless, the facts indicate that BMI of 18.5 is best for gout. For six-footers, that’s 136-7 pounds. That’s related to purines, as most uric acid comes from purines in our own flesh.

    Iron: Iron metabolism in food is very complex, as not all of it raises blood levels. One sure-fire way to combat excess iron is blood donation

    FFAs are more to do with controlling gout attacks than uric acid. The “bad habits” such as dehydration, processed foods, fasting and feasting should always be avoided.

    If sensible approaches to the three main diet factors don’t reduce uric acid enough, then there might be a benefit from supplements. But I feel that those follow healthy diet, not replace it.

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