- Posted by Bert Middleton
- On June 6, 2017
- 21 Comments
Which gout foods to avoid, and which of the gout foods to take advantage of is a constant source of confusion for most people struggling with this intensely painful disease. The source of this confusion comes in part from the media, and from the medical community.
A better way to categorize gout foods would be by using the designations of “detrimental, neutral, or therapeutic”. But this method is far from the current reality of how gout symptoms are dealt with today.
The fact that medical doctors are shackled by their malpractice insurance companies directing them to prescribe drugs as treatment for gout instead of nutritional advice, is the first part of the problem. The second part of the problem is that medical doctors are required to have no training in diet or nutrition, so they are the wrong people to ask about which gout foods to eat.
Getting to Know Gout
What further obscures clear understanding about gout and diet is the misinformation perpetuated by the media. The low-fat craze of the last four decades has brought us to the brink of a health disaster. Healthy fats have been replaced with rancid, modified, damaged transfats and altered sugars, and carbohydrates devoid of any nutritional value.
This is the cause of gout. It’s not because too many people are eating too many high purine foods. Gout is a degenerative disease that is following in the footsteps of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The Purpose of a Gout Diet
Adopting a therapeutic diet of gout foods means eating whole foods that have been grown or raised free of chemicals and pesticides, and free of processing. The purpose of this type of diet is to clear the inner environment of the body from toxic materials, and improve the function of the kidneys and liver.
The kidneys balance the overall pH of the body chemistry. If gout has become a problem, this is a warning that diabetes and heart disease are not far behind. To some degree, obesity is hovering in the vicinity.
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What to Eat and What Not To Eat
Here we start to create a list of gout foods to avoid and a list of which ones are helpful. You will be surprised to find that many of the foods that are good for gout have been condemned by the medical community.
Processed Foods are Gout Foods
The best way to dramatize that processed foods and fast foods are bad foods for gout, is to defer to the news of our modern times. According to the American College of Rheumatology, the prevalence of gout has risen over the last twenty years. It affects 8.3 million Americans and seems to be following the same rate of growth as obesity and high blood pressure.
The low-quality, denatured and processed foods of our times are killing us. Gout is just part of the statistics.
The High Purine Myth
In every piece of written material available about what to eat for gout, (except here) there is great deal of information about avoiding purine rich gout foods like liver, organ meats, anchovies, red meat and shellfish. This is a disgraceful lack of intelligence on the part of the medical community.
Following along with what was said earlier about processed foods and fast foods, there is a complete absence of evaluating what it is, that the vast majority of people in the US and around the world are eating every day.
Liver, organ meats and anchovies are rarely a part anyone’s diet. Red meat and shellfish are more common but there is one important missing fact: these foods are heavily processed.
The bulk of red meat is extremely poor quality and raised on genetically-engineered corn. This infuses the nutrient-deficient meat with acidity and a whole host of antibiotics and synthetic hormones that make it unfit for human consumption.
Using red meat as an example, grass-fed beef, organically grown and free of hormones and antibiotics, is loaded with healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. It is also full of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy kidney function. (Medline Plus)
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Studies done at the University of Colorado have proven that high fructose corn syrup and other forms of modified fructose is one of the most potent ways to raise blood uric acid and bring on gout symptoms. Number One on the gout foods to avoid list, is carbonated soda pops and soft drinks. Running a close second is so-called fruit juices.
Go Gluten Free
Gluten intolerance and Celiac’s Disease are hot topics in the news every day. It is suspected that there are many more people suffering from symptoms that are related but completely unidentified.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat. Especially in low-quality bread products, this substance coats the villi of the small intestine and this impairs absorption of nutrients and proper digestion. This slowly affects liver and kidney function which slowly leads to causes of gout.
Avoiding breads, pastas, crackers and pastries of all kinds is wise when determining what gout foods are helpful in steering clear of attacks.
The Low-Fat Myth
Once believed to be heart-healthy, low-fat foods of every kind were promoted for every affliction including gout. The truth has finally surfaced, and as stated earlier in the section about high purine foods, the importance of healthy fats in our diets has prevailed.
While commercial dairy should be illegal, raw whole milk and cheese provide vital fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and live enzymes the way nature intended them. Butter from grass-fed, organically raised cows is one of the healthiest foods for promoting strong liver and kidney function.
News articles laying to rest the notion that all fats are bad, and the misinformation about low-fat foods, appear daily.
Water, Water, and More Water
Water has been subject to negative manipulation by the corporate world as well. Although water is the most fundamental nutrient for the treatment of gout, it is the nutrient that 98% of people around the world are deficient in.
The human body is roughly 75% water. When it is even slightly deficient, it starts to effect all the other systems included the urinary, digestive, and excretory systems. Keeping these systems functioning is an obvious part of remaining gout free.
Water can also be a carrier of toxicity, and acidic in nature. While reverse osmosis and distilled water is perfect for industrial applications, (perfectly pure and devoid of all minerals) it is not natural and not helpful to health; the human body needs minerals.
A quality filtration system for tap water is a simple measure toward stronger health and eliminating gout. Ionized alkaline water is at the top of the list for long range gout prevention measures.
What to Do About Alcohol
Alcohol produces ill health effects in many ways and should be an obvious substance to avoid for gout. In order of detrimental qualities, beer contains gout-causing purines in liquid form, so it is the worst.
Hard liquor is damaging to the kidneys and liver and adds to the cause of gout. White wine typically contains more sugars and sulfites which makes it an inferior choice over red wine.
Because red wine is produced from dark-skinned fruit, it can be a good source of the antioxidant, Resveratrol. If you must drink, red wine in moderation is the best choice in regards to gout.
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Meals for One Day
This is a simple meal plan for a busy day, designed with therapeutic gout foods.
- Banana and Cherries Smoothie
Half cup of frozen organic cherries, one banana, one cup of whole raw milk, 2 organic raw eggs, one teaspoon of raw cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of spirulina, and one teaspoon of real maple syrup. Blend thoroughly and drink.
For additional protein and calories slice up one organic apple, and eat it with three ounces of raw whole milk cheese.
- Hearty Lunch Time Salad
Start with a large bowl of organic red leaf lettuce over a generous bed of quinoa (prepared ahead of time). Add to it, a half an avocado, capers, kalamata olives, one stalk of chopped celery, grated parmesan cheese, and two ounces of garbanzo beans.
Dress with high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Grilled Chicken (or Sautéed)
Start with an organically raised, 6oz chicken breast. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, coat with olive oil, and salt and pepper. Grill on preheated grill for approximately four minutes on each side.
In a large pot, bring half a cup of water to boil. Wash and rinse a large head of broccoli, cut it into medium-sized chunks and put in the boiling water for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Using some of the prepared quinoa from lunch time, prepare a generous bed of quinoa on a plate. Also cut a lime into eighths.
When the chicken and broccoli are ready, (try to time them together) put them on the plate of quinoa, generously butter the broccoli, and squeeze a generous amount of lime on the broccoli and chicken, and salt to taste with sea salt.
What You Can Expect
By becoming familiar with designating gout foods by “detrimental, neutral, and therapeutic”, you can start to gain awareness of the foods that produce a more healthy alkaline inner body condition that does not foster gout – OR a more unhealthy acidic inner body condition that is prone to creating gout attacks.
Staying completely hydrated is the prerequisite to strong health. Combining proper hydration with a clean diet of alkaline-forming foods produces a gout-free existence.
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