One of the most common questions out there is can a person with gout consume ice cream? A short answer is yes and no. A long answer is actually the one you need. It is important to understand a complete link between ice cream and gout and how it can affect your condition. The link between these two is definitely amazing and there are a few things you will want to memorize.
Gout is a type of arthritis and it causes painful flares or gout attacks in the joints. This happens when your body is unable to eliminate high levels of uric acid which creates crystals in the joints and pain occurs. A proper diet can help you decrease purine intake, a substance that is transformed into uric acid by the body. Lower purine intake means lower uric acid and therefore eliminates the risk of a gout flare.
The link between ice cream and gout
Generally speaking, ice cream doesn’t contain harmful substances or extremely high levels of purines. There are no other substances or chemicals that can directly affect gout either. But, you still should be careful when consuming ice cream.
The reason for this claim is fat. Ice cream is loaded with fat. Add the fact you will eat ice cream loaded with chocolate, cream, cheese, caramel sauce and etc. and you can see that the complete product will contain plenty of fat. This is the biggest concern in this case scenario. Fat can contribute to gout attacks and it is something you should avoid at all costs. Ice cream and gout are directly linked due to the fat present.
It is important to add that premium brands of ice cream contain more fat than regular brands. The best thing to do is to look at the label of the ice cream you like and check out the fat percentage. Be careful after a meal that already contains a high level of fat. If you consume ice cream after that meal, pain may occur.
Pros and cons of ice cream
As with everything else in the world, ice cream isn’t perfect. It is delicious, popular, healthy in some cases but still has a few downsides. First and foremost, ice cream is loaded with calories. A half cup of ice cream can provide 137 kilocalories. This acts as an energy booster and can give you needed ‘boost’’.
Vitamins are common in ice cream as well. You are looking at vitamins A, E, C, D, and also B6. Folate, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin are present in ice cream as well. Phosphorus and calcium are present in high amounts in almost any ice cream.
Downsides are fewer. Ice cream is hard to digest. Due to the fact it is frozen, this is even harder for your digestive tract. You may want to add cardamom or cinnamon to ice cream if you want to speed up the digestion process.
The next drawback is related to weight. Ice cream is loaded with calories, as we have mentioned earlier. Too much of it will help you gain weight. This is another link between ice cream and gout that should be avoided. Obese and overweight people are at a much higher risk of developing gout and suffering from gout attacks on a regular basis.
Alternatives you will want to consider
A complete story regarding ice cream and gout is a bit complicated. There are a few alternatives to keep in mind. The first one is to consume ice cream in moderation. A small portion won’t harm you. A mid-sized portion can be consumed if you had a meal with no or with a low amount of fat. Large portions of ice cream must be avoided, period.
Low-fat ice cream is another option. People with gout can enjoy this treat and there are no side effects. Sadly, this isn’t ice cream most people prefer. Try ice milk instead. It can be a useful solution. Last but not least, frozen yogurt can be a much better (safer) alternative than almost any ice cream. It is lighter but still delicious. Don’t forget that there are countless variations with frozen yogurt. Always check the label to see the nutritional values of that particular product.
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