Tomatoes And Gout
I love tomatoes. Pizza topping, pasta sauces and salads – there are so many delicious ways to enjoy them.
But pizza. I even made a trip to Naples last year to indulge in my love of Neapolitan pizza – thin, bubbly crust topped with a deliciously tangy tomato sauce.
In Naples they have San Manzano tomatoes, grown on the slopes of mount vesuvius – these are THE best tomatoes in the world!
But whilst they are delicious, I wondered are tomatoes good or bad for gout?
Well, it turns out that tomatoes are actually a bit of both.
Some people find that tomatoes can trigger their gout symptoms, while others seem to be able to enjoy them without any trouble.
Good For Gout
Their antioxidants include vitamin C, which can help lower uric acid levels and stabilize inflammatory response.
And the carotenoids found in tomatoes have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and improve immune function, helping to protect against gout flare-ups.
The phytonutrients include lycopene, which is known to have strong antioxidant properties and reduce inflammation in the body.
And they contain other beneficial compounds such as quercetin, which has been shown to reduce pro-inflammatory substances that contribute to gout flare-ups.
Bad For Gout
However, some studies show that tomatoes may not be good for everyone with gout.
For example, some people might experience a spike in uric acid levels after eating tomato-based foods, which can trigger a gout flare.
Tomatoes contain two potential gout triggers: glutamate and phenolic acid.
Glutamate is an amino acid that binds with purines in the body, which can raise uric acid levels and trigger a gout attack.
Phenolic acids are compounds found naturally in fruits and vegetables and are known to increase the risk of gout.
Are Tomatoes High In Purines?
Tomatoes are not high in purines which cause uric acid to form. However, tomatoes contain compounds that can raise uric acid levels in the body and potentially trigger a gout attack.
In a study by the Arthritis Research Centre in Australia, researchers found that a specific type of glutamate could potentially aggravate gout symptoms by stimulating inflammatory pathways.
However, in another study by the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society, researchers found that a tomato paste rich in lycopene was actually able to reduce uric acid levels and prevent gout attacks.
So overall, while tomatoes do contain compounds that could potentially increase your risk of gout flare-ups, they may also have some beneficial effects for people as well.
So at this point, there’s mixed evidence about whether or not tomatoes are good or bad for gout.
Some people seem to be able to enjoy them without any issues, while others experience symptoms like joint pain, swelling, and inflammation after eating tomato-based foods.
Just make sure to include plenty of other anti-inflammatory foods like leafy greens, fatty fish, and nuts in your meals as well to help keep those gout flares at bay.
Some clinically proven foods good for gout include tart cherry juice, turmeric extract, lemons and celery seed extract.
Take these daily if you can afford it. If I had to choose one it would be tart cherry as it has the most medical evidence behind it.
And of course, always be sure to speak with your doctor if you’re worried about any aspect of your gout management plan.
Gout can be kept under control eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
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