Olives and Gout – Are Olives Bad for gout?

olives and gout

We got so many healthy and delicious foods and ingredients from the Mediterranean area that I cannot list most of them. Most of them are part of the Mediterranean diet which is known as one of the healthiest and the most beneficial.

The Mediterranean diet can be followed by gout sufferers and I have been using it for a few years. I noticed some improvements and I enjoy eating the meals from the diet. (More about Mediterranean diet here – Gout And The Mediterranean Diet – How These Two Connect? )

This brings us to olives or more precisely to olives and gout. What is the link between these two, what you need to know, and can they help you? All of that will be answered below.

Olives 101

Olives come from trees known as Olea europaea and they are a part of drupes, a type of fruit. They come from Greece and they have been with us for over 7000 years. It is believed that olives were some of the first foods we cultivated and grew.

The most important thing I can reveal here is that olives are generally considered as healthy food and all people can consume them as, much as they like. Olives are known to protect the cardiovascular system, they contain antioxidants and they contain vitamin E.

You can consume them as a part of olive oil, or in salads, sandwiches and so much more. The best part is that the benefits won’t be significantly changed regardless of which type of meal you consume.

100 grams of olives contain 145 calories, which roughly translates in 60 calories in 10 olives. You also get 0.8 grams of protein and 6.3 grams of carbs. In the entire Mediterranean area, 90% of all olives are used to produce olive oil.


Are olives bad for gout?

Olives and gout can be mixed and there will be certain benefits. Olives are low in purines meaning you can consume them for yourself. There are no restrictions of any kind here.

Olives are also rich in antioxidants and they are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. Gout is an inflammatory disease, so you can see the difference. Eating olives will help you recover faster from a gout attack and also stay in a better shape.

Olives do contain anti-XO flavonoids. They are known to decrease uric acid production and the effects are minor. What this means is that they do decrease the level of this acid but in small amounts so we, gout sufferers should not expect massive improvements.

Keep in mind that olive oil is beneficial as well. It contains 24 nutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties and they have over 9 types of polyphenols. When combined, they can even suppress the genes that cause inflammation.

All I can add in this part of my olives and gout section is that you can consume olives and you can consume olive oil. Don’t expect any massive benefits but you can indulge the fruit and you won’t have any issues after that.

On the other side, I personally believe that olive oil is the best alternative for all gout sufferers and I must add that you need to make it your favorite. This applies to all gout sufferers regardless of the diet they follow.

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How many olives you should consume?

By now, you know that olives won’t trigger a gout attack and they are safe. You can consume them as much as you want and there won’t be any problems. You can consume them as standalone fruit, add them to sandwiches and salads.

The situation is the same when it comes to olive oil and you are likely to consume it more than the olives themselves. Make sure to use virgin olive oil or the ones that have acronyms such as DO, DOP, COOC, and similar.

Don’t expect to gain many benefits regarding gout flares if you consume plenty of olives. They may keep uric acid lower and they may decrease the level slightly but not too much hence massive benefit isn’t present in this case scenario.

Today you have learned about olives and gout link and it is one of more flat symbiosis. What I am trying to say is that you can eat olives but don’t expect too much from them.

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