Honey is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It contains plenty of vitamins, B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5. It is rich in potassium, zinc, iron and etc. In simple words, it has everything we need. I must add that honey is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Overall, it is the food we should consume daily. But, what about honey and gout?
Can I consume honey if I suffer from gout?
There are several reasons the answer is yes. The first one is the fact honey is low purine food, so eating it in moderation won’t cause any attacks and it will actually have a positive effect on your overall health. Honey is healthy, as I have mentioned and it doesn’t have any side effects on gout. Does honey increase uric acid? Obviously not, so you are free to consume it daily, but only in moderation, as I have mentioned!
Honey is actually the best sweetener for gout patients. It has a glycemic index between 30 and 40, which is low and highly desirable for us, gout sufferers. In addition, all types of honey are more than just healthy and each type has unique properties. Some say that the darker the honey is, the healthier it is. I personally believe that, but I also like all types of honey.
As I said, using honey as a sweetener is more than just beneficial and actually highly recommended for all people, not only for gout sufferers. The best thing is in the fact you can use honey to make sweeter almost anything. Starting from cereals, coffee and etc. It is by far better alternative than sugar or some other, artificial sweetener.
Avoid pasteurized honey
All I have mentioned so far is accurate and it refers to natural, non-processed honey. Pasteurized honey, the one which is heat treated doesn’t have the same properties. First of all, its glycemic index is much higher and it may reach 70! This is very high and it means that it should be avoided by us, gout sufferers.
Furthermore, heat treated honey doesn’t have the same properties as non-treated honey. Some of the effective ingredients have been removed from it, so it will have less healthy properties than the first type of honey.
All of this means that you shouldn’t use pasteurized honey as a sweetener. It is simply too high when it comes to glycemic scale, so it will increase the insulin levels. We all know that this is something that must be avoided and something that we, gout sufferers must avoid at all cost. Always check the label when planning to use pasteurized honey and check for the actual ingredients and the glycemic index.
I personally avoid this type of honey and I would recommend to you to do the same. It simply isn’t very good for gout sufferers and it almost doesn’t have anything useful as original honey. Furthermore, actual honey is more delicious than this one.
What about sweets and cookies?
What about meals and sweets that contain honey? As I have explained, honey is harmless when consumed in small amounts. In any other case, it may cause some issues, but likely with the insulin spikes than with the gout attacks. After all, this is a low-purine food, so there is no reason to be concerned regarding the gout attacks. You are free to eat cookies or anything else with contains honey. Once again, I must repeat that you should consume only small amounts of it. When it comes to pasteurized honey, you must consume even smaller amounts. I know, due to my personal experience.
An interesting study conducted by the Copenhagen University
Recently I discovered that Copenhagen University conducted an interesting study which involved honey. They mixed raw honey (one tablespoon) with a half tablespoon of cinnamon powder. The mixture has been given to arthritis patients for a month. The study was relatively big and it was centered on honey and gout. More than 200 people participated in the study for one month.
What they discovered is that 73 people recorded massive improvements. They were able to enjoy life without any pain and they were able to walk pain-free after 30 days. This is an impressive discovery, but I don’t believe it is new. As a matter of fact, this mixture was used by ancient civilizations for thousands of years, so it is old, I may say.
It looks like when honey and cinnamon are mixed in right amounts, they have a miraculous effect on the human body and the overall gout effect. Sadly, some of the details from the study are still kept as a secret, but the main point is that the results are positive.
If you are interested in trying this mixture, keep in mind that you must consume it once per a day, before breakfast for 30 or more days. I actually tried it and the results were positive. Of course, as you can see from the study figures, it isn’t 100% effective, but it is more than just useful and a great trick you can use at some point.
Cider vinegar is also a potential ingredient to mix with honey and with hot water, but it didn’t participate in the study, and I haven’t tried it, so I won’t waste your time with this fact. Of course, you are free to try it.
The final word
Not only that honey and gout can be mixed together, but they are also something you should mix. Honey is so healthy that there are no words which can describe it at the moment. I must add that you should add cinnamon powder to the equation. If you recall, I mentioned that raw honey is the best option, so you should follow this rule. Heat treated honey isn’t very good and it should be avoided. Also, make sure that you consume honey in moderate amounts. It is a sweet food which may increase insulin levels when consumed in massive amounts. But, when consumed in moderation, it is more than just beneficial.