11 Types Of Beans For Gout Sufferers – All You Need To Know

beans and gout

I personally know that gout condition requires a different, more specific type of a diet. I know because I am a gout sufferer as well. As such, I have been analyzing which types of foods are great for my condition and which ones aren’t. Here I will be discussing beans. All of us like it and prefer having this food occasionally. But, should beans and gout be mixed? The answer is a bit complicated, due to the fact it depends on the type of bean you are planning to consume.

Should you consume beans in general?

The answer to this question is yes, you should. First of all, beans are rich in antioxidants, which is more than just important. Then, they are rich in protein and fiber. As a matter of fact, they have a higher value of fiber, so they keep us full for a longer period of time than meat. This is definitely a surprising fact, but it is important to know it. For gout patients, beans are a much better alternative than meat, due to just mentioned fact. Let’s just add that they are healthy in general and they have plenty of health benefits overall.

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We also know that all gout patients should avoid purine-rich foods. After all, purine is the ingredient which can cause gout and make symptoms even worse for those who already suffer from the condition in question. But, not all types of beans are rich in purine. Some types are low, which is preferable, while others are high, which is less than just ideal.

In a nutshell, you now know that eating beans despite the fact you are a gout sufferer is possible, but you must take into account the type of bean. Also, keep in mind that the number of beans you consume shouldn’t be extremely high. Your diet must include many other types of food beside beans.

Types of beans and their effect on gout

As I have mentioned, there are a lot of different types of beans. Some of them are better, more beneficial for gout patients, while others are not so great. As such, I will explain the most common types of beans and how they react to gout. Basically, I will divide them according to the purine level when a meal is prepared. It ranges between 19 and 80 milligrams per a serving.

Low-purine types of beans

low purine types of beans

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

Here we can see that beans and gout can be mixed all the time. This type of beans contains 19 milligrams of purines per serving. As such, it is the best option you can get at any given moment. Keep in mind that there is no other type of beans with a lower value. All other types have a higher value. A good thing is in the fact this type of beans is very delicious and there are a lot of meals which use it. All you have to know is that Garbanzo beans – chickpeas are the best option when it comes to eating beans if you have gout.

garbanzo beans chickpeas

Lima beans

Lima beans is the second best alternative, but the value of purines per a serving is much higher. As a matter of fact, the value is 49 milligrams. It is still treated as a low-purine type of beans, so it can be freely consumed. Of course, you shouldn’t eat too much of it, but an occasional meal is just fine. For those who prefer this type of beans, try to add a meal or two per a week. There won’t be any side effects regarding gout symptoms.

Lima Beans
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Red beans

Red beans contain 55 milligrams of purines per a serving. As such, it is also rated a low-purine type of beans. It is definitely fine to consume it, but keep in mind that it should be consumed in smaller amounts than lima beans. I like this type of beans and I have been consuming it for decades, but there has been no any issues.

Red beans
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Pinto beans

Pinto beans is the last type of beans in the low-purine category. All others have much higher values. In addition, pinto beans contain 57 milligrams of purines per serving. It is still allowed amount which won’t make you any side effects, but it is a higher value than other types have. I would advise you to consume it in moderate amounts, with care and there won’t be any issues.

pinto beans

High-purine types of beans

Small white beans

The level of purines here is 60 milligrams. It is on the edge of low and high purine beans, so it can be consumed frequently, but it is still a better option than other types of beans we will mention below. Luckily, most people don’t prefer this type of bean, so there won’t be any issues.

small white beans

Split peas

The level of purines here is around 62 milligrams per a serving. It is categorized as a high-purine type of beans and it should be consumed in moderate amounts. Of course, it is still a better option than types further down on the list.

split beans


Soybeans may be the most favorite type of beans for all of you, or it must be the type of beans you hate, but this is a popular food. It contains 65 milligrams of purines per serving, so it is on the verge, should you avoid it or consume it. It is definitely up to you, but I would advise you to consume it with caution and as rare as possible.

soybeans and gout

Black-eyed peas

This type of beans contains more than 70 milligrams of purines per a serving. As such, it isn’t so great for consuming when it comes to gout sufferers. On the other hand, the level of purines is still much lower than in a case of meat and fish, where we can see a 100 milligrams level. Basically, you can consume this type of bean, but not as frequently as other types from the low-purine category.

black-eyed peas
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Lentils beans

This type of bean has almost 75 milligrams of purines per a serving. It is delicious, as we all know it, but it is one of the types on the top of the purine range. Yes, you can still consume it occasionally, but in lower amounts than other types, I have mentioned here.

lentils beans

Great northern beans

The level of purines in this case scenario is almost 80 milligrams per serving. It is the worst type of bean when it comes to patients with gout and I must add that once a week or eat it once per month is possible, but eating it more frequently isn’t.

Low and high-purine types of beans explained

As you can see, beans and gout are possible to be mixed together. I divided them into two categories due to a simple reason. All types of beans from the low-purine category are perfectly safe to consume frequently. There won’t be any complications, they are healthy and they won’t make gout symptoms any worse.

On the other side, we have a high-purine category. They are a bit more complicated to explain. I mean, yes, you are free to consume them, but not as frequently as types of beans from the first diet. After all, they do contain plenty of purines which eventually can make your symptoms more pronounced. Mixing them with the types of beans from the first category is a bit better option, but the best thing you can do is to consume only types of beans with a low-purine level.

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Black bean and gout

Here I must explain a type of bean which is completely different when it comes to gout than any other. Black bean has been used as a treatment for gout in Taiwan. There, it has been used for this purpose for decades, even centuries. Now we know that it is rich in antioxidant properties thanks to the chemical known as anthocyanins. It is also discovered in berries and several other types of foods. All you have to do is to boil 200-300 grams of black bean and consume it.

black beans nad gout
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Sadly, there is no survey or study which can help us understand this matter in depth, so it is up to you to try it. I must add that this treatment originated in Taiwan, but it spreads across the planet in the recent years. Still, there are no accurate data regarding the matter.

The final word

Beans and gout when mixed together won’t cause any issues, but only if you consume types of beans I specified above. Those from the high-purine category are not so great for you and chances are high that they will eventually make your symptoms more pronounced, so you will have to avoid them. Of course, eating them occasionally won’t be a mistake, just keep in mind that low-purine beans can be consumed frequently, while others cannot. If you follow my instructions, there won’t be any complications regarding gout. In addition, you are free to try the black bean treatment, maybe it will actually help you.

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