Oatmeal for gout diet

Gout and Oatmeal

Does oatmeal belong in a gout diet?

Many gout sufferers ask if oatmeal is good or bad for them since it contains some purines. I can’t help but chuckle when I hear that. The truth is oatmeal and all types of oats are good for you in a gout diet, you have nothing to be worried about unless you are allergic to oats and that is a different story altogether. As long as it’s not processed or refined with sugars; what we are talking about is whole grain oats. Oatmeal is a type of cereal which is not high in proteins or purines and can be consumed by any person that has high uric acid levels. Unless you suffer from purine metabolism problems and conditions related to high uric acid, there is no reason to avoid oatmeal. Instead of eliminating oatmeal from your diet, you can talk to your doctor about consuming smaller portions. Your average healthy person consumes around 600 to 1000 mg or purines a day through their diet. Your doctor may recommend that you reduce your daily purine consumption to about 100 to 150 mg a day.

Oatmeal is high in minerals like manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, copper, biotin, chromium and magnesium. It is also an excellent source of fiber which helps with your stool. I personally always begin my day with either whole grain oatmeal with a teaspoon of raw honey to sweeten it up a little boiled in skim milk or I have two slices of whole wheat bread with some natural peanut butter spread on top. Sometimes I’ll add some cacao bits or grounded flax seeds on top! But nothing energizes you in the morning and fills up your tummy with then a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal.

 

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Oatmeal lowers cholesterol by removing the bad cholesterol which translates into a decreased risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes since oatmeal can stabilize blood sugar levels and high blood pressure which are all interrelated with gout. Oatmeal also enhances immune response and the high fiber content in oatmeal lessens the risk of developing cancer through what we call plant lignans, which are converted by intestinal flora into mammalian lignans protecting us from different types of cancers. Remember one cup of oatmeal has about 4 grams of fiber and only 130 calories. It stays longer in your stomach making you feel fuller. If you add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or any other type of fruit in your bowl of oatmeal, you add even more fiber in your gout diet! Isn’t that great?

Oatmeal is considered slightly acidic like most grains are but that does not mean that it’s a acid forming food and remember that all foods contain an acid-alkaline balance and you can determine if foods are acid or alkaline or if they’re acid or acid forming foods. Oatmeal is an acidic food which neutralizes the acids in the stomach helping your body maintain its pH balance.

In Dr. Choi’s 12 year study involving some 47,150 men found that meats like beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fish increased gout risk but purine-rich vegetables and grains like oatmeal were not found to increase gout risk at all. Dr. Choi stated: “We don’t clearly understand the ‘whys,’ and there several possible explanations. It might be there’s a different type of purines in meats and seafood than in vegetables, or different foods have different levels of purines. Or maybe the body absorbs purines differently, depending on the food type.” The role of purines in food has long been suspected in gout but to this very day, it is still has not been proven.

If you buy prepared oatmeal products such as oatmeal, look at the ingredients to make sure that the product does not contain any sugar, salt or other additives. Store oatmeal in an airtight container in a cool, dry and preferably dark place where they will keep for approximately two months.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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26 Comments

  • Eva Keoh

    Reply Reply November 18, 2017

    That’s interesting about dairy because since I have reduced my dairy intake earlier this year I have been suffering from gout monthly.

    I am going to try celery juice as I found a video on youtube. He said he was cured in 4 weeks and the gout never returned.

    Have high cholesterol so need to stay away from cheese.

  • Raheman

    Reply Reply November 12, 2017

    Hi, Spiro,

    A month ago I had done my Uric acid test and it was 8.9, I had started to eat chicken every day maybe that’s why, however, I have now stopped having chicken (or just once a week) and added lemon water and started drinking 2-3 liters of water. My recent test reveals it has come down to 6.6. I eat oatmeal every day, almost 50 gms.

    My question is, is 6.6 Uric acid level good and does it give gout ( I sometimes feel my finger joints tingling).

    Btw thanks a lot for starting a website like this!

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 12, 2017

      HI Raheman!

      Yes 6.6 uric acid can cause gout flares or a gout attack, so be careful. You are borderline, ideally you want to be below 6 and many doctors would say you should be below 4 to be really safe. Everybody is different. You may be symptomless at 6.6. Who knows. Keep focusing on your diet and make sure to check your uric acid often with your doctor.

  • Will

    Reply Reply September 10, 2017

    My rheumatologist assumes I have gout. Every once in awhile I’ll wake up with severe pain in my big toe. I eat oatmeal almost every morning but have recently switched from rolled oats to steel cut which I like better. I’ve been on Enbel and it quick working and now I’m on Humira. I have been told I have RA,Psoriatic, and Osteoarthritis. Now Gout..

    I guess my question is, Are steel cut better than rolled?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply September 10, 2017

      Hi Will!

      Steel cut oats are better cause they sit lower on the glycemic index and that is good for your gout and arthritis.

      Enjoy!

  • ANDRE GURSES OR EWA PISZCZEK, MD

    Reply Reply December 4, 2016

    Spiro,

    I like your website.

    1) After 60 years, living on pizza & beer, I am starting to discover gout, AND OATS.
    2) QUAKER box says “Rolled oats” as ingredient, and “oatmeal” in verbiage. Are they the same?
    3) You could have elaborated on “soluble” and “not-soluble” fibers, and their cholesterol and STOOL benefits, respectively.

  • Sravanthi

    Reply Reply September 12, 2016

    Oats sticks to your ribs, which is a old saying and it really keeps you full till afternoon. I love eating oatmeal and the benefits of eating oatmeal are many.

  • Layne

    Reply Reply July 18, 2016

    I see I need to get real oatmeal. I was eating package kind that is full of a bunch of crap that’s not good for you. I’ve had gout flare ups off those. I’ll try the whole grain oats kind. Any particular brand you’d recommend?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply July 18, 2016

      Hi Layne!

      Look for organic oatmeal, as is, without any preservatives or added sugar.

  • Joy Oh

    Reply Reply June 25, 2016

    What a relief! Thank you .Now I can get back to eating oatmeal but i’m on dialysis. Is it still ok? Thanks

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply June 26, 2016

      Hi Joy!

      If you are on dialysis, don’t know the seriousness of your health situation, have you spoken to your doctor? Speak to him first.

  • Ronald

    Reply Reply April 26, 2016

    Hi sir, just wana ask if consuming oatmeal a day won’t aggravate or complicate people who are kidney stone formers or have existing stones on their kidneys or, who are undergoing kidney treatments for nephrocalcinosis and nephrolithiasis? I recently had a laboratory exam and have elevated cholesterol levels and I also have kidney stones and nephrocalcinosis..is it fine to take oatmeals Thank you…

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Ronald!

      Best you take your doctor’s advice, I don’t know enough about your condition. Sorry.

  • Khalid

    Reply Reply April 11, 2016

    Hi
    I am suffering from high uric acid , last checked it was 10 pint, can I eat oats?

    Thanks

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply April 11, 2016

      Hi Khalid!

      Yes you can eat oats, try to stick to no more than 1 cup a day.

  • Mark

    Reply Reply December 23, 2015

    I’ve been eating oatmeal every morning now for about 2 years (about 1/2 cup dry before adding water). I then sprinkle some cinnamon on top and add a package of stevia.

    What are your thoughts on Stevia?

    BTW, a big THANK YOU for this excellent website on gout. It is by far the best I have come across.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply December 24, 2015

      Hi Mark!

      If it’s Stevia extract from the plant itself, where you find it at the health food stores, go ahead, nothing wrong there. If it has been tampered artificially by man in any way, then avoid it. Check the label.

  • Nandu Vispute

    Reply Reply October 4, 2015

    For reduce uric acid curd is helpful or not

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 4, 2015

      Hi Nandu!

      The point of the article is that it won’t raise uric acid levels and is a healthy grain to consume. You have nothing to worry about unless you are of course allergic to oatmeal.

      Spiro

  • Paulette

    Reply Reply May 9, 2015

    I can’t speak for others, but I am an oatmeal lover and every bowl of it makes my feet swell and the gout pain fires up. Even two spoonful’s causes an outbreak.

    • That’s rather rare. Do you sweeten up your oatmeal and with what? Check with your doctor to see if you are allergic to wheat in general too.

  • Oatmeal fan

    Reply Reply January 27, 2015

    Oatmeal is always great. I added this powder to my diet more than 2 years. I will try your recipe

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