As you may know, I have been searching for gout remedies for a long period of time. I am also focusing my attention on finding foods that are bad for gout in any way and can contribute to the gout flare.
A good thing is that gout sufferers can eat most of the commonly found foods in grocery shops. However, this fact also suggests that some foods and some beverages are not ideal and they should be avoided.
In today’s post, I will discuss the link between peanuts and gout. Most of you already know that all nuts are safe for us, gout sufferers and that we can consume a lot of them without any risk.
Importance of peanuts on human health
Yes, there is a link between peanuts and gout and it is an obvious one. But, the first thing you need to remember is that peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes. They are also one of the most commonly treats you can find and eat these days.
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Peanuts offer plenty of protein. 100 grams of them contain 25.8 g which is impressive. The RDA or recommended daily allowance for protein only is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men. Protein helps your body build and repair damaged cells.
Peanuts can help you improve the cholesterol level thanks to high levels of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. In other words, you will literally decrease the risk of stroke and heart diseases. Keep in mind that gout increased the risk of stroke and heart disease!
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Peanuts also contain 8.5 grams of fiber per 100 grams. Men need 34 grams per day while women need 28 grams. Fiber is beneficial for the human heart as well.
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In general, peanuts are important, delicious and they contain plenty of healthy nutrients you do need. This treat can help you maintain proper body weight, lose it if needed, and also make sure your cholesterol level is in the recommended level.
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Correlation between peanuts and gout
The first thing I must say here is that peanuts and gout can be mixed. What this means is that a gout sufferer can consume peanuts on a daily basis and there won’t be any issues or downsides related to the condition in question.
Peanuts are low in purines. This refers to all the foods that contain under 50 mg per 100 grams. Other nuts are moderate in purines and they can still be consumed.
This food can help you with managing gout pain. They do contain fatty acids which act as anti-inflammatory properties. We all know that gout is an inflammatory condition, hence peanuts can help you decrease pain, swelling and also help you recover much sooner.
There are no other links between peanuts and gout. They do have a few benefits related, but they are not extremely beneficial. On the other side, they won’t trigger a flare and they won’t cause any other complications.
How to consume peanuts if you suffer from gout?
There are plenty of different peanut types on the market and yes you can consume most of them.
The best option is raw peanut with the skin on. Peanut skin contains antioxidants that help your body prevent free radical damage. This type is the best for gout patients and the one I frequently consume.
Salty and roasted peanut is extremely popular. It is safe for us, but it should be consumed in moderation. The issue comes with the salt. An adult will need 1500 mg of sodium per day. The upper maximum is 2300 mg (this is one tablespoon filled with salt). With salted peanuts, you can easily have a much higher intake of sodium. It can cause problems with high blood pressure.
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I must add that peanut butter is safe to eat also. Try to eat it in moderation if possible. I prefer peanuts paired with Thai dishes. They are delicious.
In the end, all I can say is that peanuts and gout are safe to mix and you can eat them daily. You will get improvements with pain management and the recovery time will be shorted. Don’t expect some major improvements though.
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