How many times you wanted to eat something and then you remember that you suffer from gout? How many times you ate something and ended up with a gout flare? I am here to help you get the needed facts regarding both matters.
The thing is, some food is bad while other is beneficial. This is very simple to explain in a case of apples, red meat and etc. Basically, all individual foods that are not made from different ingredients are easy to understand.
What this means is that the link between pizza and gout is hard to explain. Pizza may be a simple meal to prepare, but each type will contain over 10 different ingredients and foods. Some are good for gout, while others are bad.
A brief history of pizza
You all know and have a pizza restaurant nearby and you probably consume this food a few times per week. It is far from a new thing and it is the most popular food of all times.
Pizza came from Italy, from Naples in 1889 when Raffaele Esposito made the first Margherita Pizza. He did that for Queen consort. It was delicious and it became one of the most popular meals in Italy within years.
However, the first pizza-like meal was made much sooner back in the 16th century. It was made without tomatoes, so some say that it is far from an actual pizza. The pizza as we know it was made when Europeans got tomatoes from America.
These days, there are countless variations and types but all of them have the same base. The dough is the first layer, tomatoes the second and the ingredients are the third. This makes pizza and gout link a bit complicated to explain.
Is pizza bad for gout?
Some types of pizza must be avoided. This is especially the case with the ones that are rich in meat toppings and too many tomatoes. They can trigger a gout attack and they are not great. Some of you may believe that pizza and gout must not be linked ever.
This isn’t true. Many types of pizza are beneficial for gout sufferers or at least neutral. They are delicious and they can be easily prepared. They won’t spike uric acid nor do they contain a lot of purines.
Pizza, in general, does not increase uric acid. An average slice of a pizza (12 inches) will have 136 calories, 2 grams of fat and also 25 grams of carbs. 5 grams of protein are available as well. Vitamin B except B12 is present across the entire pizza.
I must explain the matter in detail so I must cover the ingredient section. The food in question can be a problem if it contains too much of tomatoes, seafood, and red meat. All of these ingredients come with a high purine count and they can cause a gout attack.
As such, any type of pizza that is based on the aforementioned ingredients isn’t an appealing choice and should be avoided. Luckily, in my pizza and gout research, I have discovered that there is a safe option.
Which pizza you can eat?
The answer is you can eat all types that do not contain a lot of tomatoes, that don’t contain seafood at all and have minor amounts of red meat.
The best type is an eggplant parmesan pizza I like and it is perfectly safe for all gout suffers. Ingredients here include 4 Japanese eggplants, minced garlic, olive oil, and also parmesan. It may need 4 hours to prepare and the recipe is slightly complicated but it is safe and delicious.
Other types of pizza I would recommend include toppings such as pineapple, cherries, and also vegetarian pizza in low amounts. I know, many of you will need some time to get used to the taste, but it is mandatory I am afraid.
In the end, all I can say is that pizza and gout are connected and there is a clear link between these two. Always eat pizza in moderation and make sure you avoid red meat, tomatoes, and seafood as toppings. It is a much better choice to prepare your own pizza at home than to order the famous Margherita.
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