Is Chocolate Good for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chocolate is bad for gout. Because it has theobromine, sugar and fat, and they can increase uric acid levels, inflammation and weight gain.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints, especially the big toe, but also the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers.

In gout, your body produces too much uric acid, a waste product that forms when your body breaks down purines, substances found in some foods and drinks.

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

This can lead to various health problems, such as joint damage, kidney stones and tophi, which are lumps of uric acid under the skin.

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, alcohol and sugary drinks.

Now, chocolate is a food made from roasted and ground cacao seeds, that is available as a liquid, solid or paste, either on its own or as a flavoring agent in other foods.

People usually eat chocolate as a snack, dessert or beverage.

Chocolate is bad for gout because it contains theobromine, a substance that is similar to caffeine and can increase uric acid production in the body.

Chocolate also contains sugar and fat, which can worsen inflammation and weight gain, both of which are risk factors for gout.

One ounce of dark chocolate can give you about 12 mg of theobromine, 9 g of fat and 14 g of sugar.

Theobromine can increase uric acid production and reduce its excretion, leading to higher uric acid levels and more gout attacks.

Sugar can trigger the release of insulin, a hormone that lowers blood sugar levels but also increases uric acid levels.

Fat can increase inflammation and oxidative stress, which can damage the joints and worsen gout symptoms.

Furthermore, chocolate is a high-calorie food and calories are bad for gout.

Because, excess calories can lead to weight gain, which can put more pressure on the joints and increase the risk of gout.

That’s why I suggest you limit your chocolate intake to avoid gout flare-ups.

Stick to no more than one ounce of dark chocolate per day, and choose chocolate with at least 70% cocoa, which has less sugar and fat than milk or white chocolate.

More than that can cause increased uric acid levels, inflammation, weight gain and gout attacks.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chocolate if you have kidney stones or diabetes to prevent complications.

Because chocolate can worsen these conditions by increasing uric acid and sugar levels in the blood.

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

Always choose chocolate that is organic, fair trade and has minimal additives.

Because these types of chocolate are better for your health, the environment and the farmers who produce the cacao.

You can store chocolate in a cool, dry and dark place for up to a year.

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.

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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