Is Almond Milk Good for Gout? (Expert Anwer)

Short Answer: Almond milk is good for gout. Because it has low purines and high calcium and vitamin E, and they can lower uric acid levels and prevent gout attacks.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints.

In gout, your body produces too much uric acid, a waste product that forms when purines (a type of chemical) are broken down.

Uric acid can form sharp crystals that settle in your joints, causing pain, swelling, and inflammation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as kidney stones, joint damage, and infections.

One of the key factors in managing gout is diet.

What you consume can affect your uric acid levels, which can impact your gout symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage gout, you should consume low-purine foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products and avoid high-purine foods like red meat, organ meats, seafood, and alcohol.

Now, almond milk is a plant-based beverage made from almonds and water.

People usually drink almond milk as a substitute for cow’s milk, especially if they are lactose intolerant or vegan.

Almond milk is good for gout because it contains low amounts of purines and high amounts of calcium and vitamin E.

Purines are the substances that can increase uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks.

Calcium and vitamin E are the nutrients that can help lower uric acid levels and prevent gout flare-ups.

One cup of almond milk can give you 37% of your daily calcium needs and 50% of your daily vitamin E needs.

Purines can increase uric acid levels and cause gout symptoms.

Almond milk has only 37 mg of purines per 100 grams, which is considered low.

Calcium can reduce uric acid levels by binding to it and promoting its excretion in urine.

Almond milk has 370 mg of calcium per cup, which is more than cow’s milk.

Vitamin E can reduce uric acid levels by acting as an antioxidant and preventing oxidative stress, which can trigger gout attacks.

Almond milk has 7.5 mg of vitamin E per cup, which is also more than cow’s milk.

Furthermore, almond milk is a dairy-free product and dairy-free products are good for gout.

Because, dairy products can increase the risk of gout by raising the levels of insulin, a hormone that can lower the excretion of uric acid.

You can drink two to three cups of almond milk per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive issues, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t drink almond milk if you have a nut allergy to prevent an allergic reaction.

Because, almond milk is made from almonds, which are a type of nut.

You can buy fresh almond milk in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose unsweetened and organic almond milk.

Because, sweetened and non-organic almond milk can have added sugars and chemicals that can worsen your gout.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing gout effectively.

I always recommend my gout patients to follow a gout-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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