Pork in a Gout Diet

Gout and Pork

Does Pork Belong in a Gout Diet?

In this post will go into greater detail on the subject of eating pork and if it should be part of a gout diet. The truth is no matter how you think about it, pigs are a dirty animal. This has nothing to do with anybody’s spiritual beliefs by the way. The fact is that pig is a scavenger. What does that mean? It means that they are considered the scavengers of the farm, so in essence they help eliminate all the waste on the farm, eating anything they can find, even their own feces or the dead carcasses of sick animals. Yet it is one of the most consumed meats in the world and is loaded with toxins, more so compared to beef and chicken.

If we dig in a little deeper, you’ll learn that the pig’s digestive system works rather quickly, digesting whatever it has eaten in about four hours. A cow on the other hand takes up to twenty-four hours to digest. What happens during the digestive process in animals as well as humans; is that it rids the body of any dangerous toxins and since a pig’s digestive system works rather quickly, it can’t rid itself of these toxins and so they remain in their system. The toxins are then stored in the fatty tissues of the pig and ready for your consumption. Yummy!

Did you also know that the pig doesn’t have any sweat glands unlike other animals? That’s why they roll in mud or water in order to cool off. Sweat glands allow the removal of toxins by sweating them out, so this leaves more toxins inside the pig’s body. It’s only common sense to realize by you consuming pork meat that you are also consuming these toxins as well. It’s not a coincidence that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention declares that more than 100 viruses come from pigs each year, the most deadliest one being H1N1 or “swine flu” as they call it.

Furthermore, pork meat carries various parasites which are hard to kill while cooking pork meat that is the reason there are so many warnings out there about cooking pork meat properly. You don’t want to end up with an infection like trichinellosis or trichinosis which contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. This worm is commonly found in pork. Common symptoms of trichinellosis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, heart problems, breathing issues and aching joints. What’s worse is that these symptoms can last for weeks and sometimes months!

If you eat ham, sausage, bacon, salami, mortadella or other cold cuts then you should also know that they are loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol which will end up increasing your waistline. Pork is also high in purines since it is a protein food and remember we gout sufferers should limit our daily meat intake anyway to about 10% of daily calories.

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Pork and Contamination

There’s even more evidence! According to a 2009 Consumer Reports investigation, tested about 200 samples of pork and found that 69% were contaminated with a dangerous bacteria called Yersinia enterocolitica which can cause fever, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. About 20% of the samples were contaminated with the drug ractopamine which is actually banned in many countries and is used to increase the growth of the pig while leaving the meat lean. About 11% of the samples were contaminated with enterococcus which can indicate fecal contamination and can cause you serious health issues particularly urinary-tract infections. And people think that pig is a clean animal! Sure it is…

You should also know that pork meat contains more fat compared to other meats and you’ll notice people who are fond of pork are usually more obese than others. Many of you will say “but it tastes so good”. I’m sure if you ever tried dog meat, cat meat or pigeon meat and if cooked properly, you would say the same thing. Meat is meat. There are good meats from clean animals that eat grass or hay and unclean animals (scavengers) that eat the garbage of the earth.

There also seems to be a link between pork and cirrhosis of the liver and some say can even be worse than alcohol according to some studies. Other studies show an association between pork consumption and liver cancer as well as multiple sclerosis. We all know how important a healthy liver is for a gout sufferer to be able to metabolize uric acid properly.

At the end of the day I ask you to consciously avoid pork whenever possible. Personally, I eat pork many two times a year, I like to remind myself of the taste of bacon or somebody will offer me a sausage at a friend’s BBQ. That’s it! Other than that, I strictly avoid this deadly food and so should you. It doesn’t belong in a gout diet and may have also been the cause of you getting gout in the first place.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • Vinni

    Reply Reply February 4, 2017

    Hi Spiro!

    I’m suffering from gout since 14 years. Had attack almost every year. I’m 44 now. I heard gout patients can eat chicken, duck meat and we don’t get gout attack, is it true? I don’t eat meat often but it’s getting worse. I had septic arthritis of gout on knee, got operated. Is there a solution to reverse this gout? Can I have meat at moderate level if so which meats is best?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply February 6, 2017

      HI Vinni!

      Make sure that meat is 10% of your daily calories max. That means eating about 4-5 ounces of meat a day. Make sure it is lean meat, trim the fat. Best meats are fish, chicken breast, turkey, duck, rabbit and lean red meat occasionally.

  • J Long

    Reply Reply October 28, 2016

    So no meat no fish no alcohol oh my! My life is over at age 50! So much for the low carb high protein diet!I read also no sugar, which is not a big deal for me. I don’t want to go on medicine for gout but have had bouts in big toe first, then elbow, now ankle. Super painful and I can’t take ibuprofen. Vegetarian-I have a husband and THREE teenage man-children! Meat is staple for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack!

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 31, 2016

      Never said you can’t eat meat or fish! Ad for alcohol and sugar try and avoid them as best as you can. As for meat, make sure it is lean, preferably grass-fed and eat only 10% of your daily calories as meat. But don’t go being a glutton and eating meat breakfast, lunch and supper cause not only it will worsen your gout but worsen other parts of your health as well.

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Reply Reply March 22, 2016

    I have uric acid around 8 not too high yet I have developed in the left knee not the usual big toe. I am unable to walk anymore regularly as i used to. The pain is getting unbearable despite pain killers. i use goutnil febuxostat.

    help me

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply March 22, 2016

      Abdul, best to drink nothing but water and at least 12 to 15 glasses daily until the pain subsides. In addition, avoid all meat including fish and try to eat vegatarian meals that are light on your stomach and light on your liver and kidneys. Take apple cider vinegar daily, try and eat cherries only as your fruit and/or some pineapple. There are more little steps you can take if you check out my website more thoroughly. Again if you haven’t visited your doctor, please do so.

      Good luck!

  • tmwag

    Reply Reply February 5, 2016

    For me Ham triggers more flares than any other food. Unfortunately It took and an attack that affected both ankles, all toes and both knees and lasted nearly three weeks.

    I can’t stress enough is learn which affect you and if you feel a flare coming on to act very quickly. Strawberries, black cherry juice, apple cider vinegar and gallons of water.

  • Fritzi

    Reply Reply July 28, 2015

    My doctor has rejected my gout and is now saying it might be psuedogout. Diet doesn’t seem to have an effect on this.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply July 28, 2015

      Hi Fritzi!

      Do you want your pseudogout to get worse?

      If not follow my dietary advice and help yourself. Follow any medication your doctor has offered you. But please eat better. It can only help you.

      Remember doctors are trained/educated in providing medication to treat any health issues, they usually put down diet, herbs and natural remedies. They wouldn’t be in business otherwise although government is in the business of healthcare pretty much everywhere nowadays.

  • Panayiota

    Reply Reply July 28, 2015

    Thank you Spiro for this very informative post. I will NEVER eat pork again… I have never been healthier since I started following the rules for the gout diet. Thank you for all the work you do to inform and share from your vast stores of knowledge… much appreciated.

  • peewee henson

    Reply Reply July 27, 2015


    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply July 28, 2015

      All you have to do is observe the pig and you’ll see what I mean. Just like the lobster is a scavenger that eats all the crap from the ocean, the pig’s role in nature is to clean up and eat all that nasty stuff. Now if you want to eat that animal, of course the choice is yours but your health will deteriorate. Of course if you decide to eat pork, farm raised is much better than industrial raised where they provide them with antibiotics and raise them inhumanely.

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