Do beans belong in a gout diet?

In this post we will examine if beans should be part of a gout diet since I get many questions and it seems it causes much confusion since there are purines in beans. This seems to freak out some of you so I will share the facts with you here. Usually foods high in protein have purine content that is higher than average but that doesn’t mean you should avoid beans.

When it comes to calories beans are comparable to meat that’s why they make you feel full. They are high in fiber, one cup of cooked beans provides you with about 12 grams of fiber whereas meat doesn’t contain any fiber at all. The big difference between eating beans over meat is that the fiber content in beans means that they get digested slowly, thus keeping you satisfied longer. Meat on the other hand is digested rather quickly. Furthermore, beans are low in sugar preventing insulin to spike causing you to be hungry. You won’t find this protein-fiber combination in any other foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, meats, nuts and seeds.

What else do beans have that meat doesn’t? Beans have phytochemicals in them which are basically compounds found only in plants and are high in antioxidants. Did you know that in a US Department of Agriculture study, they measured the antioxidant levels in more than 100 common foods and that beans held 3 of the top 4 spots out of 100? Small red beans, red kidney beans and pinto beans were in the top ranks making beans a perfect food. One cup of beans also carries 15 grams of protein which is the equivalent of two ounces of meat like chicken or fish like salmon.

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What does the evidence say?

Evidence shows that the purine content of beans and vegetables does not aggravate the symptoms of gout and you may safely eat beans anyway you like them. The only thing you should worry about is how much animal-based protein you ingest cause meats like pork, beef, lamb, lobster, shrimp and organ meats will aggravate gout symptoms as per this 2004 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that people that ate more animal-based protein had a 40% to 50% higher risk of developing gout.

The authors of the study which included H.K. Choi also concluded that the consumption of beans does not appear to trigger gout symptoms. In fact people with gout should replace animal-based protein foods with beans and other plant-based proteins. It’s much easier to digest, breakdown and easier on your organs. In addition, by eating plant-based protein foods you also reduce your levels of saturated fat which is indirectly connected to the onset of gout! It’s a win-win all around.

Another recent study in which I wrote an entire post about titled “Gout and the Singapore Chinese Health Study” examined about 50,000 Chinese in Singapore and discovered that those that ate the most soy products as in soybeans which is a very popular food in Asia were at a lower risk of gout compared to those who ate the least. In fact, blood tests showed it did not actually increase uric acid in the subjects. Although many on the internet without any evidence whatsoever to back up their claims, scare you to avoid foods high in purines and beans being one of those foods, the exact opposite is true here.

Beans are a safe food to eat, don’t worry about getting any gout attacks by eating beans. Don’t go being a glutton and eat beans morning, day and night but you can eat them a few times a week. For those suffering from tophi please consult your doctor before making any attempts to eat beans since your body is more sensitive to foods in purines and should probably avoid any protein-based foods.

Finally, some gout sufferers have expressed to me that Black bean broth may be used as a natural remedy for gout. It is a home remedy that has originated from Taiwan and spread throughout the world since it has a antioxidant chemical called anthocyanins and is responsible for the black beans “black” colour. Anthocyanins is also found in berries especially in blackberries and blueberries.

Unfortunately, there is no study yet to prove any of these claims but if you want give it a try, you got nothing to lose. To make black bean broth all you have to do is simply add 200g of black beans in boiling water for about 1-2 hours. Then you can eat the beans and others like to keep the broth as “medicinal liquid”.

Whatever you do make sure to eat beans and take my word for it, it is safe and should be part of an overall balanced gout diet as explained in my book. That means black beans, red kidney beans, green beans, black-eyes peas, chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, pinto beans, soybeans and any other bean that is not mentioned here. Eat them!

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    81 replies to "Gout and Beans"

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    • Mon

      I haven’t had a gout attack in 5 years. What did I change? One large glass of homemade milk kefir everyday. Now I can eat anything I like.

    • Kelly Cox

      There is just so much complete nonsense in this article. Meat digests quickly but beans don’t? Nonsense. DIgesting meat can take several days, because there is so much nutrition in it that the body tries to access. And yes, beans cause gout–for me and for many other people I know that are prone to gout. One guy I work with gets gout just from eating string beans.

    • MARK

      Black Bean Broth for Gout, the answer?

      It seems no one here is getting it… It’s just the BROTH that does the trick.
      It seems that most of the people that have tried it, it works for them

      READ ABOUT IT and then put it into practice to see how it goes for you.

      Here’s the link

    • Brenda

      I just had a flare up with gout in my right ankle, knee, and hip last night…bad. I felt the stiff joints in my hands within 30 minutes of eating hummus. I was up nearly all night with the hip, knee and ankle pain. So frustrating as I am allergic to any kind of aspirin and have salicylate sensitivity!

    • Sarah Merino

      Hummus sent my husband into a gout attack. So many people have reported gout attacks from garbanzo beans too. I feel like the only diet advice for gout sufferers that should be given is find your triggers and avoid them because clearly even the professionals are confused.


      Your study mentioned that beans do not cause gout yet a number of people on this thread indicated they ate beans and had gout attack. I had gout attack and it was getting better and last nite I had black beans and today it is much worse. What is the latest on eating beans or are you still saying beans do not cause gout?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Tod!

        Beans are plant based protein but if you are extremely sensitive to protein that any type of protein raises your uric acid levels, then yeah…there are exceptions to every rule but for the majority of gout sufferers, eating beans will not trigger a gout attack. It is better than eating red meat for example which is higher in purines than beans. That’s my point. We need our protein, I recommend the plant based proteins before the meat based proteins.

      • Mandy

        Did they use a meat concentrate like broth or bullion in the recipe… if so then you have your culprit.

      • F. Markle

        My gout is especially sensitive to beans. I can eat low fat red meat for several days in a row, but I have to limit beans to once a week. I think you just have to figure out what works for your particular body. I have stage 4 kidney disease, so my gout isn’t especially the result of too much purine intake, but more because my kidneys have trouble filtering out a lot of things, so anything that overtaxes my kidneys can cause gout, whether it’s high in purines or not.

    • Tony

      I had black beans with wild rice and that for sure was a trigger for me. I blame it on the black beans since I had wild rice before without any issue. Was also probably near the tipping point since last pull of UA was 8.1.

      I have no idea where to get protein from. I went from 160pounds to 139pounds and want to put weight on. Eating all the veggies/almonds/walnuts/quinoa I can but no weight gain.

      What do you think of whey protein?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Tony!

        Whey protein is not recommended for gout sufferers, it’s hard on the kidneys. Learn more here–>

        Choose a plant based protein instead which are becoming more popular now.

        • Tony

          Much thanks for the reply and this site Spiro!

          Beans/Lentils are triggers for me so not sure what other veggies I can get proteins from. I have been doing nuts like almonds/walnuts and pumpkin seeds along with quinoa and wild rice and obviously tons of greens/veggies. Gout diet has me down from 160pounds to 139pounds (I am 5ft 11inches and have weighed 155 since high school.)

          What is your opinion on whole raw milk? I have read the post on milk so that may be a good way to get protein/weight gain and less hormones.

          Any opinion on Proteolytic enzymes like wobenzyme?

          Or any opinion on probiotics and trusted types/brands?

          Or A-C Carbamide?

          I know this is a lot but would really appreciate any feedback. All the doctors are shooting in the dark. Nutritionists seem to know little and the rheumatologists know nothing of diet and just want you to take pills.

          Thank you in advance for any help/advice Spiro!

          • Spiro Koulouris

            Hi Tony!

            Thanks for your questions!

            I don’t have an opinion of raw milk, where I am, you can’t find it, so I can’t really say and haven’t researched it to tell you the truth. Milk does have protein and drinking filtered milk is fine. I buy the organic filtered milk but I don’t drink much of it. It’s mostly for my coffee.

            You can get proteolytic enzymes from bromelain which is in pineapple and papaya but a supplement won’t hurt you. They help reduce inflammation so they are definitely helpful. As for trusted brand for probiotics, I don’t have any recommendation at this time.

            For protein, broccoli, cauliflower, rapini, try making 100% whole grain pasta with boiled rapini it it, add some peppers, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes if you like. That meal will make you feel full.

    • J. K.

      Dehydration, constipation, fructose, yeasty breads, B vitamins, kambucha, too much veg oil, nuts, medicines (esp. stomach acid inhibitors) and of course purines.

      Meat and beans can constipate and thus cause gout.

      When I tried (many times) the cherry juice treatment my gout went sky high. Fructose is a known cause. Bananas and even green lettuce I find are culprits. And finally, try to cook “real” food – meat, potatoes etc..

      I make red lentil soup and it doesn’t seem to hurt.

      • Tony

        Thanks Spiro!

        This is all new to me and it is good to have some form of forum outside of the doctors. A lot of useful information on this site and good anecdotes.

        As for me, I was a pretty heavy drinker who quit cold turkey to start a positive lifestyle change. Two weeks later (after a day of lentils slim jims, sprites and dehydration) woke up with a game changing pain in the toe that lasted a little over two weeks.

        It’s been an interesting few months since then I stubbed that same toe on a chair while just getting over my first attack, and stress fractured it causing even more confusion for me/doctors.

        While recovering from the stress fracture, after a pot of black beans, my second gout attack hit.

        Been on a strict diet the last few months and really trying to fight this the natural way, giving my body time to heal itself– a long shot– but worth taking.

        There is always hope/falling back on Allopurinol but I am trying anything from Chinese herbs, tart cherry pills with black cherry bromelain and nettle tea.

        Do you use chanca piedra? Is there any other supplements I should look at or consider?

        Thank you again!

        • Spiro Koulouris

          Hi Tony!

          Yes I do take Chanca Piedra, it’s inside my NutriGout formulation along with milk thistle, turmeric, celery seeds, bromelain and dandelion extract.

    • Kris

      I have been suffering with gout for almost 10 years.I observed major gout flare ups whenever I have Beans especially Yellow or Green Mung beans and also Salmon fish.

    • James

      Is Tofu secure? I am Chinese and like it very much. It is made by soybean.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Yes in moderation like everything else. Tofu is usually a good meat replacement which is high in plant based protein.

    • Mark

      With any kind of diet, the key is to keep your urine pH near 7 and have healthy flora levels in the gut. Both will help your body to remove larger amounts of uric acid from the blood. Also, remember moderation. Mix up your diet between animal proteins (20 protein grams) and plant proteins (for the rest of your protein). Finally, be careful with too much iron intake. Do not eat any one serving of food that has significantly more the 10% of the daily recommended allowance (especially after age 45) unless you have been diagnosed as being iron deficient.

    • George L

      I never had gout when I was a meat, fish and dairy products eater. Then I radically changed my diet to a whole food plant based ie. no meat/fish, no alcohol, no dairy products, no oil and minimal processed food. I ate beans almost daily for some months (garbanzo, black-eye beans, mung beans, soya beans, kidney beans etc…) with a variety of vegetables and fruits… and then suffered 3 bouts of gout (in my finger, wrist and ankle) in a short period of time.

      I started researching on causes of gout and despite the article here exonerating beans, I suspected my attacks of gout were caused by eating too much legumes (Some of the comments here reinforced this belief/suspicion). I am now a bit wary of beans in general and have cut back on them.

      • Greg Kubas

        I had a lot of gout but became a vegan several months ago. Have not had gout until today(end of February 2018). I ate a lot of garbanzos in cooked veggies yesterday and today right big toe is aching with gout pain. Garbanzos do have moderate levels of purine that might have caused it along with other veggies I ate.

      • Fary

        Me too have same experience.
        Too much beans, legumes and mushrooms.
        Also double coffee 2 or 3 big cups!

    • Sensible Bob

      The more you read about gout, the more you find opinions based on purely anecdotal unscientific evidence. So I’ll join in with my observations of possible gout triggers:
      1. Seafood in excess
      2. Beef in excess
      3. Chicken soup (oh no!) because the stock is created with organs in the carcass – same for turkey. This is discouraging.
      4. Hard spirits – especially in combination with the above. Sad.

      I hadn’t had any gout until Christmas morning after a night of seafood chowder and vodka.

      Things I have regularly that have not triggered a flareup:
      Hummus, all kinds of animal protein (no organs), tons of beans of all kinds, a weekly gin martini, wine every night, lots of pasta.

      What positive proactive measures, you ask?
      Tart cherry juice with psyllium powder to start every day. Coffee.
      And water, water, water…always water.
      I can have a “gout avoidance diet” and still get a flareup if I don’t drink a lot of water every day.
      Another observation is that I take losartan potassium for blood pressure (works well). It does help in reducing uric acid, I believe.

      So the core issue is WATER. Uric acid is not going to be flushed out without adequate water. That’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it. One or two attacks a year…and I can always trace it back to forgetting to drink enough water (which leads to that mysterious fatigue as well 🙂
      Wishing you all a pain free 2018 and beyond.

      • Mark

        The potassium in the blood pressure medication probably increases urine pH. The kidneys become more effective at excreting uric acid out of the body with a urine pH near 7 (6.5 to 7). My urine pH when I was eating a crap diet was around 5, and my kidneys could not remove the uric acid effectively resulting in my first gout flare.

    • John

      Beans without meat can certainly cause gout. People who haven’t consumed meat for years do get gout attacks from eating some beans. It’s only the people who don’t have gout and have experienced it will say otherwise. Of course, water intake, overall health, and other food consumed may be factors. It always amazes me how people without gout think they are experts. Gout maybe a strange condition with triggers not always understood, but it does exist and people who suffer from it usually have a good idea on what the triggers were.

      • Aaron h

        Im experiencing my first gout flare up. I have not eaten meat for a long time. But I have had a diet that has consited primarily of beans, and dark greens. And A LOT of black tea. Add chronic dehydration, and some extra weight, and I’ve discovered the joy that is gout.

    • MCA

      I can say that Mung Beans is a huge gout trigger. On two occasions, since having developed gout, my worst attacks were after eating mung beans. After Googling info on mung beans, it turns out that it is high in purines. I stumbled onto this article to check info on other beans.

      • T.Disraeli

        I’d love to find some research on consuming ‘sprouted’ beans since you’re removing the enzyme-inhibitors and creating a whole different nutrient profile.

      • Theresa Maitam

        All you have to do is soak the beans for 8 hours in water and then pressure cook it … it will kill the lectins that causes inflammation, then you get the benefits of the mung beans.

    • Michael I.

      I think it’s different for every person. I gave up alcohol and beans years ago because my very worst gout attacks seemed to coincide with the consumption alcohol and beans. Most recently I’ve been on an exclusively vegetarian diet for the last few months, with the exception of beans. After reading much online about how there’s no evidence that shows that beans cause spikes in uric acid production I decided to test it out. Since I have been consuming no animal products, no alcohol, and no seafood, it’d be the perfect opportunity to add beans back in to an already healthy diet.

      Last week I added some vegetarian black beans (not cooked in animal fat, no additives) to a veggie wrap for lunch, are some black beans with dinner one night. Over the course of a few days I had maybe a cup and a half of beans total. Within 48 hours, I was at the beginning of one of the worst gout attacks I’ve had in some time. I’ve missed about a week of work, but thankfully I think I’m nearing the end of it and should be back to work next week (thanks to colchicine and a shot of steroids). Like I said at the start, I think gout is different for everyone, and what is true for some may not be so for everyone else.

      • Scott

        Just want to add that I also have this issue. I am a long time vegetarian and was sad to find that what was causing my flare ups was bean related. A meal with pinto beans can push me over the edge into a flare up. All of the processed soy products I used to enjoy do the same thing. The safety of beans in a gout diet is NOT settled science.

        • DarylT

          Well, to add to the anecdotal evidence, I just had my first ever gout attack, coincidentally I had just cooked up a lot of black beans in a recipe I was trying for the first time and of course with lots left over I was taking beans for lunch and dinner for a few days, exactly coincided with what I imagine is a severe gout attack in my right toe.

    • Monish

      Hello all,
      I am 28 and got a massive gout attack in my left big toe. Its been two weeks and there is no relief from the pain after trying anti-inflammatory pills.
      After checking so many pages online, I started black cherry juice, celery juice ( as Tart black cherry was not available), apples and changed a couple of things about my diet (continuing milk and milk products).

      I am also taking half a teaspoon of baking soda with water on an empty stomach in the morning.

      Finally, the doctor has prescribed Prednisone which is a steroid but I haven’t started taking it as I heard it has side effects too.

      Is there anything I should be trying? I never consumed red meat or had any alcohol abuse. All I was having is lentils, chicken and salmon for one month after which my uric acid level increased highly and led to this gout attack.

      My only problem now is that I want to walk properly as I am limping right now and my life has come to a standstill. I want to get rid of this pain and start walking properly. I tried resting for a week and elevate my leg but didn’t help at all. Thanks in advance.

      • Tiffany

        Ask your doctor to prescribe COLCRYS (colchicine). I had a severe attack that came on Tuesday morning. Wednesday at 4pm I saw my doctor, he prescribed 2 Colchicine tablets and said to drink 1/2 gallon of water by bedtime and I’d be out of pain by morning. And it’s true! Today I am 95% pain free! There’s barely a sting when I walk on it. I was even able to do a mile hike this morning nearly pain free!

      • Dan A

        @ Michael I.

        I totally I agree with your observation regarding foods that may trigger gout flare ups. It depends on the individual and I assume this could be based on genetics regarding tolerance. I can still eat meat like chicken and beef including seafood without getting and gout attacks. Recently I added to my diet Hummus (Chick Peas) and at the start no gout attacks but as soon I keep including it to my diet I suddenly had a gout flare up after a year of gout free incident. I also observed in my case, processed and unprocessed food high in fructose like honey, maple syrup, nutella spread, watermelon will trigger a gout attack immediately. So I strongly agree that “gout is different for everyone, and what is true for some may not be so for everyone else.”

        • summersday811

          To Dan A. Watermelon is a very alkaline food that raises the pH of fluid and tissues in your body and helps to prevent uric acid from precipitating out into sharp crystals, according to “Human Biochemistry and Disease.” Watermelon also contains vitamin C, potassium and calcium, which have neutralizing affects on uric acid.Jun 21, 2015
          Is Watermelon Good for Gout? | LIVESTRONG.COM

        • Bill

          Colchicine is the best medicine for gout attack, clears it up like in 4 hours but please take as prescribed, taking 2 tablets, after 2 hours another 1 clears my gout attack every time, with plenty of water. Works for me.

          A friend recommended soak lupin beans and drink the water, haven’t tried that because can’t get hold of those beans, has anyone tried this remedy?

    • GetOUT

      I rely on Black Beans, Great Northern Beans and Garbonzo Beans (Chick Peas) for most of my protein intake. After doing so for several years I began experiencing persistent pain in my right big toe about a year ago. I also have persistent pain and stiffness in my right elbow. The toe seems like “classic gout.” The elbow might not be gout related.

      I would like an answer to the following question:

      Does COOKING TIME affect the LEVEL/AMOUNT of PURINE CONTENT in beans – and specifically in the three beans I eat?

      Currently I cook these beans for a much shorter time than I used to. I’d like to know if that reduces or increases the Purine content – or perhaps has no affect at all.


      • Spiro Koulouris

        I soak my beans for hours before cooking them. You want to remove all that scum which are anti-nutrients. And those anti-nutrients such as phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors are going to be in your stomach causing you gas, heartburn, reflux and whatever other digestive issues that may beset you when you eat something that isn’t particularly digestible unless you soak your beans before cooking them. Soaking them will allow you to better digest the beans and better absorb the nutrients.

        I don’t know about the purine level, that is an interesting question.

        • GetOUT

          Thanks for the prompt reply, Spiro. I’ve searched for an answer to the “cook time vs. purine content” question but found nothing. If you have the opportunity/resources to investigate further, I think it’s worthwhile.

          Rather than soaking beans for hours I learned from online sources to do the following:

          1. Bring beans to a boil in shallow water (so they boil quickly).

          2. Boil for just THREE MINUTES.

          3. Turn off the heat and allow the beans to stand in the hot water for ONE HOUR.

          4. Drain and rinse.

          5. Boil the beans for ONE HOUR.

          6. Drain and rinse.

          Soaking is reduced to an hour, and cook time takes just one hour (to suit MY tastes). Seems to work as well as soaking for many hours, but they still produce some gas…HA)

    • Mike

      Great article!

      After my first (and only major) gout attack I went hardcore on diet changes. I ate a low purine diet for about 2 months and then slowly started adding foods back on at a time. I read different articles on the pros and cons of beans and gout, but I work out a lot and needed protein so I added beans back cautiously. I now eat the equivalent of about 3 cans a week. I have tried many different types of beans. I put them on salads, burritos, in soups etc. I can say for me, I’ve never had any gout issues with eating beans.

    • Phil Warren

      As a gout sufferer and having lived in the UK most of my life. I ate a lot of baked beans on toast. This article may be of some help to gout sufferers:


    • Dr P Kumar

      What you say about ‘beans for gout’ seems like a big generalization. My first attack of gout in 2013 was caused by a totally vegetarian diet of Chickpeas and Broccoli. I haven’t had another attack as yet (thank God), but I often develop toe pain with lentils and/or red kidney beans. In fact my gouty pain is always precipitated by dried beans and lentils. Green French Beans seem to be OK. Cheers.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        This is fresh off the presses, new study shows how a high fiber diet shows to alleviate inflammation from gout. It also helps your gut and provides many other health benefits. Check out the latest study that is hitting the news here. Beans are very high in fiber. I strongly doubt that chick peas and broccoli directly caused you a gout attack but there is always an exception to every rule.

        • Dave Peters

          I tend to agree with Kumar. Chickpeas and lentils are also a gout trigger for myself. At least they are when I have either 2 or 3 times in a short period.

          • Robert T Bruce

            I don’t find legumes in the least bit troublesome. What I do find to be gout-producing is if I over-consume meat (of any kind) and especially seafood. I consume low-fat dairy and follow a highly plant-based diet although I still eat meat and seafood, just far less frequently than I used to. As a safety-net I also take black cherry extract. Haven’t had an attack in 2 years.

            • Robert T Bruce

              Also … drink water!

    • Grace

      Hi spiro
      Are you residing in Singapore? Since you brought up the interesting research.
      Anyway, do beans cause more flatulence compared to taking meat?
      Does taking beans instead of meat as protein source cause fibrocystic womb or affect hormones?

      I recently started on chickpeas/garbanzo beans, I can really feel that I can last longer without hunger pangs.


      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Grace!

        Yes some beans can cause flatulence but there is a product in the market called “Beano” that you can take to insure you don’t get any. As for your question about beans affecting hormones or fibrocystic womb, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. But I did find this article for you that might shine some more light to your question–>

    • rebecca burke

      The way I see it I first got gout in 2003, had a couple of flare ups after that. Went vegan in 2010 have had no flare ups until recently, so that is 6 years of eating tofu, soya, beans, tomatoes etc…and only now having a flare up. If I didn’t eat these things as part of my diet I would literally die of starvation! I don’t believe it’s diet related or shoe related as I know so many people who eat purine rich diets, wear completely unsuitable tight shoes all day every day and never get gout!

      • ed

        Sorry but you must go do your home work on gout before leaving a comment because gout has to do with your diet and any foods high in purines will of course cause gout but it’s only people who are more sensitive that will develop gout. Most people have high levels of purines in their body but yet they don’t develop gout. Only some, do ask any doctor.

    • Ellie

      What split peas? One of my favorite recipes calls for 1 – 1.5 pounds of dried split peas, onions, carrots, celery, garlic and 1 – 1.5 pounds of smoked, meaty ham hocks cooked in a lot of water with chicken bouillon. I get about 16 servings per batch. There is about one ounce of meat per serving without the bone. The meat adds so much flavor that I hate to revamp this recipe. What do you think?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Ellie!

        If you like it enjoy it from time to time. You can eat some meat, like on this site and my book, I recommend 10% of your daily calories can be meat. Your body can tolerate it. So enjoy your yummy recipe but in moderation of course.

        • D Rheman.johnson

          Best way for cooking beans and cheapest energy save so good for climate change ectr is to soak overnight in water with spoon of bicarbonate soda (first dissolved in small amount fresh boiled water) then drain and wash thoroughly drain put in plastic bag and freeze when frozen bash with solid object flat handles of scissors is excellent which easily separates take out quantity needed and they cook in MINUTES in pressure cooker such as green lentils.

          Just bring to pressure and turn off open after pressure goes down by itself. If are not cooked then not enough bicarbonate was used for soaking, bicarbonate is known to benefit gout. Why mess with boiling and draining and re cooking when you can save energy and keep large bag of ready to cook in freezer! Use strong bags obviously, cheap freezer bags will split on bashing beans hence the benefit of scissors handles them having holes causes less stress on bag.

    • Partha

      Hi Spiro,
      What about chick peas and soy based products (vegetarian meat etc)? I read somewhere that beans are relatively high in purines and could cause gout flares?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Partha!

        You have nothing to worry about since the purines are plant based and a better choice of protein for you instead of meat. You have to eat lots and lots of beans to even begin affecting you. Remember beans are an excellent protein replacement in your gout diet compared to meat but protein should be 10% of your daily calories.

      • David E Johnson

        Chickpeas (garbanzo) are very low in purines.

    • mohd habibullah

      I’m a little bit scared of beans and lentils. I love Indian food, you really think we can eat them?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Yes! You need not worry, I have never heard of anybody getting a gout attack after eating any type of bean meal, unless there was meat involved in the recipe and they atteibuted their attack to the bean instead of the meat. Enjoy!

      • D. Rheman.johnson

        And I think whole point is beans and lentils ectr on whole are INCOMPLETE protein so seems to me if eaten separately from rice or grains will produce much less uric acid than a complete protein regardless of purine content, I wonder if purines are in fact the whole or main problem in spite of the alcohol equation, maybe is other factor, in alcohol and what is eaten with the drink such as rice in a take away mixing with purine causing an alteration to the protein/purine factor, those who say beans cause them an attack likely eat rice or grain products with them eat the beans ectr at one meal and the rice/grain at another and no other protein at a bean/legume meal. Food for thought don’t you think?

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    • ryvrdrgn14

      Beans have never given me trouble for gout. My first attack was bad and I couldn’t walk for over a week. Tried the medicine doctors recommended and it didn’t help after 2 months so I stopped it. I went hardcore on my diet with mostly skinless chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and other vegetables cooked in a soup. Cherries also helped quite a lot (though I end up eating the whole jar sometimes) during an attack.

      The biggest thing was probably my lack of water intake and preference for softdrinks/soda at the time and my love for innards.

      Beans won’t cure you if you keep eating bad things but they won’t trigger your gout either. 😛

      • Wendy Franz

        Hi, I have a question.
        I can’t take synthetic thyroid medication so Dr put me on dessicated porcine thyroid.
        Many people take it, it works very well.
        Do you think it could contribute to gout?
        I eat very little meat. Only on occasion.
        I’ve had several gout flare’s some bad, but most mild. Thank-you Wendy Franz

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    • Greg

      I’ve had gout for quite a few years and have tried various natural remedies. Beans aggravate my gout – not doubt about it. I’ve tried cherry juice, lemon, and a lot of other remedies. Those with whole foods having acid, such as fresh tomato bruchetta with balsamic vinegar seem to work the best. Interestingly, the product that absolutely works for me is Vitamin-Mineral supplement . If I take one teaspoon each morning I don’t get any gout attack, ever. If I screw up and get a gout attack, taking this product in the morning and evening clears all gout symptoms in 3-4 days. For me, a godsend, considering the debilitating pain I’ve suffered while searching for a reliable natural cure. It would be interesting to see if other gout sufferers have the same response.

    • sue

      beans affect my patners gout dramatically. the best home remedy ive found is
      juice of 1 juicy lemon
      cup of warm water
      1 teaspoon bi-carb
      dissolve bi-carb in warm water, add lemon juice, drink. do this daily. It reduced my partners gout by half within the first day. within 3 days it was cleared totally. for the first time in 8 years he can now walk properly. its simple, easy and cheap. give it a go

    • Alec

      …..I have worries concerning canned baked beans in tomato sauce, as Hienz make. Am I ok to to eat them on toasted brown bread ?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        With Heinz, I bet they add sugar, so look at the nutrition label and see how much sugar they added in the can. I’d skip it if I were you. Make your own tomato sauce without sugar and simply add on top of your beans.

        • D. Rheman.johnson

          you are making a complete protein from bread with beans eat at separate meals and get a better result

    • trojen

      Beans were always one of my father’s favorites but he avoided them since his gout problem. This research comes as a great relief.Thanks.

    • Carlos

      That is good to know. Thanks

    • Theresa

      I always appreciate the updated info you give regarding foods and the do’s and don’t of various foods and gout. Thanks and keep up the excellent research!

    • Mark

      Very interesting. I’ve often wondered about beans. Cheers.

      • JK

        Beans can definitely give you gout. It just depends if you’re near the tipping point or not.

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