Gout and Organ Meats

Gout and Organ Meats

Why organ meats not only cause gout

This week I’ll tackle a subject of organ meats that causes much confusion but if you use common sense, you’ll logically agree with my brief thesis. Consuming organ meats is very popular around the world but more popular outside of the United States mainly in Asia. Organ meats can include liver, kidneys, heart, brains, tongue, tripe and many other parts of an animal. You’ll find on the internet and media many doctors, health professionals, dieticians claiming that organ meats are so healthy for you; rich in vitamins and minerals, bla bla bla bla…it’s actually shocking to see some of the biggest names providing health and nutritional advice talk this nonsense. They state that organ meats are healthy because they are exceedingly nutrient dense. The truth of the matter is that their advice is well intentioned since they are confused about the facts but equally foolish. Yes organ meats are rich in multi-vitamins but would you take a pill that is full of toxins and includes multi-vitamins? No you wouldn’t because no amount of nutrition can compensate for the problems generated later on. Gout being one of them. I guess if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the Truth!

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The toxicity of organ meats

Let me ask you would you eat the contents of a mop? Yes the mop you mop your floor with? Would you eat the filter out of your car? The liver of an animal is the mop and/or filter of its body. Organ meats like the liver and kidneys are full of toxins filtered out of the blood stream. What you find in the liver is toxic chemicals like mercury, lead, PCBs, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, ddt, selenium and the list goes and on! The main job of the liver is to safely remove toxins or to store them if removal is not possible. Eating liver for example is like eating all of the toxins that an animal was unable to expel throughout its entire lifetime and you know how many toxic chemicals are found in farms nowadays like antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, processed feeds and vaccine ingredients! And who cares if the liver is organic or not, I still don’t recommend you don’t eat it because it still carries toxins! Then you got others who say to eat organ meats raw intact with the raw blood which is a concentrate and hazardous to your health! This will cause you a parasitic infection and/or a toxocariasis infection. Like to eat brains? Did you know that eating 5 ounces of pork brains will provide you with about 2000 mg of the bad kind cholesterol? Nowadays it’s considered very fashionable and the “in thing” to eat pate or liverwurst at fancy restaurants.

If you follow the Paleo Diet, a diet high in meat consumption which does include organ meats, please stop it immediately. It is a diet based on artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol that can also damage your bones and raise uric acid levels in your blood. Remember the longest living populations on the planet today (Okinawa, Japan/Ikaria, Greece/Sardinia, Italy to name a few) live on low-animal food diets consisting mostly of complex carbohydrates rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Low carbohydrate diets rich in protein are stirring up the destruction of human health.

For us gout sufferers, we all know that organ meats is one of the biggest culprits in developing the disease and eating organ meats can trigger a gout attack. Not only are they high in purines but when the body breaks down the purine, it develops uric acid as a by-product which then accumulates in the bloodstream and the kidneys cannot easily remove. Eating organ meats will cause urate crystals to form around the joints which will lead to symptoms of gout. My advice. Avoid organ meats like the plague!

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • Erica

    Reply Reply April 17, 2017

    Hi, Spiro – I thought you might be interested in this.

    Today the Consumerist blog had a story about beef heart meat now being allowed in ground beef.


    I know we’re supposed to be limiting beef, and eliminating organ meats such as heart. According to this news story, ground beef can now be up to 25% heart, without it even being mentioned on the food label–so gout sufferers have no way of telling whether it’s there or not.

    I went to the Dept. of Agriculture page referenced in the article, and clicked on Ask a Question to let them know that this policy could affect gout patients. Maybe some of your other readers will want to do the same.

  • Roman

    Reply Reply May 14, 2016

    The idea that saturated fat clogs arteries is a myth. Also dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on your cholesterol levels. The same with purines. The level of uric acid in your body is 2/3 effected by YOUR BODY. How much purines you eat has little effect.

    • Hi Roman!

      As for the cholesterol argument you make, the scientific evidence proves this argument, please stop reading and listening to these Paleo-fad types who are simply whitewashing the truth for their own personal gain. Studies I’ve posted on this website have proven that diet plays an important role in keeping uric acid levels healthy.

  • Bo

    Reply Reply May 7, 2016

    I agree. We eat too much animal food sources. Fish and milk products I eat a lot. I also eat a little bit of shellfish,roe and eggs but I do not want too much cholesterol and also I do not want to promote gout too much. Traditional European overclass diet promotes gout, heart problems and a lot of other diseases.

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