Bananas and Gout

Gout and Bananas

A banana a day keeps the gout away!

Bananas originated in Southeast Asia particularly in Malaysia around 4000 years ago then spreading to the Philippines and India. Today the Americas are the largest producers of bananas being brought over here by Portuguese explorers mainly grown in Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico. Bananas are a unique type of fruit that has a creamy flesh which is firm yet sweet and can be harvested year-round.

One banana has about 105 calories and is low on sugar but very high in vitamins B6, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, folic acid and potassium; which is very beneficial to the gout sufferer and should be part of your daily diet. I personally eat one banana a day without fail. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium containing over 400 mg of potassium and just 1 mg of sodium. They help you maintain normal blood pressure, heart function and lower uric acid levels.

Bananas assist in converting uric acid into liquid form which can then be filtered by the kidneys and excreted through your urine avoiding the crystallization in your joints causing gout symptoms. In addition, one banana contains about 24 mcg of folate or folic acid which also helps lower uric acid levels as well as repair broken tissue in the joints. Furthermore, they contain about 10.3 mg of vitamin C which also has shown to decrease uric acid levels and also alleviate symptoms of gout.

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A gout diet plan is key

However, bananas cannot beat gout alone, a gout diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low protein/purines and low fat is key! I know some gout sufferers who’ve eaten about 8 bananas a day during a gout attack for 3-4 days in order to alleviate the gout symptoms and have confirmed that it does work fast. Regardless, make sure to eat at least one banana a day to keep uric acid levels low and avoid those painful gout attacks. On a side-note bananas are also alkaline in nature.

To best consume bananas, make sure for it to be fully ripened to benefit from the most antioxidants. Research conducted from the University of Innsbruck in Austria that fruit that is fully ripened, almost to the point of spoilage has the highest concentration of antioxidants and levels actually increase as it ripens. One of my favorite ways to eat a banana is with peanut butter and 2 slices of whole wheat bread as a peanut butter and banana sandwich. This was Elvis’ favorite food and is widely considered a comfort food for kids and adults, some even add honey into the sandwich to sweeten it up! I also add banana in my oatmeal sometimes for breakfast or just eat it one plainly. In some countries more notably in the Carribean islands, bananas used for cooking may be called plantains and it is delicious when baked in the oven. Whichever way you like to eat it, make sure it’s on your grocery list every week.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • Jenny

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    A banana is a great snack and works well to eat after a workout session.

  • Maev

    Reply Reply December 29, 2015

    I like banana sandwiches on rye with Organic Peanut Coconut Spread …it is a bit thinner than normal peanut butter..but to die for…
    Ingredients:..Just Pure Organic Coconut and Peanuts…

  • Steve

    Reply Reply November 25, 2015

    I suffered with gout for many years, however; I haven’t had an attack in about 2 years. I stopped taking allopurinol and drinking ginger ale. I repaced my two to three glasses of ginger ale per day with water. Also, I eat at least one banana a day. Mt diet hasn’t changed as I eat high purine foods in moderation. Love those cherries…but..the washroom calls.
    Found a book online a few years ago that was very helpful.

    • Dave

      Reply Reply December 17, 2015

      Beware Steve! I was in the same boat as you…last attack I had was over 2 years ago…brought on by a steak and lobster fest.

      I am fit, slim, don’t smoke, exercise, and watch what I eat/drink. For no known reason, except that perhaps I had stop taking my daily 200mg Allopurinol about 2 months prior, I had a flare-up. I had stressed my big toe while working..banged it up a bit..but nothing else I can think of that could contribute.

      My big toe joint suffered 40+years of soccer, and one 12v battery being dropped on it about 35 years ago..ya..ow. Like my doc said…i’m now paying the arthritic price.

  • David E Johnson

    Reply Reply October 8, 2015

    Do ripened bananas have more sugar/fructose?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 13, 2015

      Yes David! But even still, the sugar/fructose from fruit in general is metabolized better compared to other foods.

  • Dwayne

    Reply Reply September 13, 2015

    How about eating bananas with Nutella?

    Is chocolate bad too?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply September 14, 2015

      Nutella is full of sugar and it can aggravate your gout. See my post on sugar –>

  • Richard

    Reply Reply June 16, 2015

    I use Brggs organic .non filtered AC with mother for gout..2 tbs in water twice a really works…also soak a tissue in AC place on sore joint for 10 min…amazing relief

  • Jose

    Reply Reply April 14, 2015

    had gout flare ups 4 episodes within 4 months

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