Some foods and some parts of a diet are easy to explain and define, if you are a gout sufferer. Others are not. They are complicated and they have a list of pros and an even longer list of cons.
I find that those foods are the most complicated for gout sufferers, so I always take a lot of time explaining them. Gout isn’t something you can treat easily, but it is manageable if you follow studies.
According to the latest study, 8 million people are suffering from gout in the United States. We all know that it is a type of painful arthritis that affects joints, usually one or more and almost always in the feet.
But, the topic for today is gout and whole grain. What is it and how you should behave when exposed to it. Take your time and relax. I will explain the matter below.
Whole grain – What it is?
Whole grain is the main part of wheat and rice and it has been used in diets all over the world for 12.000 years, so it must be good right? Actually, things are slightly more complex.
First of all, we have newer studies that have proved whole grains are something to avoid. They claim that this compound can help us gain weight and it is difficult to process by the digestive tract. In one study, I found that it is linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Others even claim that billions of people are allergic to whole grain. This isn’t true. Only 1% of the world population is allergic to whole grain and chances are high that you are not one of them.
Some diets such as the Mediterranean diet consists of 50% of whole grains and it is one of the best and the most effective diets on the planet. You can eat pasta and bread almost as much as you like and you will still lead a healthy life.
The bottom line is that whole grain needs to be explored more and at this point, it is considered as healthier than it actually is.
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Gout and whole grain – Links and details
What about gout and whole grain? Should you base your diet on whole grain? The answer is no, you shouldn’t. You should limit the intake of it if you are a gout sufferer.
By limiting whole grains, you will be positive that the number of purines that reach your body is decreased. Fewer purines mean less uric acid and we all know what this means.
Sadly, you will limit yourself to the aforementioned benefits of whole grain, but it is something we must do. It is mandatory to keep the uric acid as low as possible and therefore decrease the risk of the next gout attack.
I must add that there are only a few details or studies regarding the matter. Gout and whole grain correlating. This matter isn’t explored to the smallest detail, so I am unable to share all the details as of now.
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Whole grain – Use for gout patients
Gout and whole grain are more linked than you may believe and this is a sad truth. In reality, you won’t affect your gout massively, but you will increase the odds for the next gout attack to occur.
Although, whole grains come with important benefits and they are used by millions of people all over the world, for gout sufferers this is a topic to avoid and food to keep at the low end.
There is no need to eliminate it completely, it isn’t that bad, but just keep it as low as possible. You will be able to control your uric acid levels more in that way and you will enjoy more. Now you know the links and the relationship between gout and whole grain and you can apply it to your diet. Luckily, there are several foods that you can eat to get the same benefits as whole grain offers and I will explain them in the near future. For now, avoiding whole grain is highly advised. Let me know what you think about this. Kindly comment in the below section.
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