Is Sabudana Good for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sabudana is bad for gout. Because it has carbohydrates and they can raise your blood sugar and uric acid levels.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints. In gout, your body produces too much uric acid, a waste product that forms when your body breaks down purines.

Purines are substances found in some foods and drinks.

Uric acid can form sharp crystals that accumulate 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 and whole grains and avoid high-purine foods like red meat, organ meats and seafood.

Now, sabudana is a type of starch extracted from the roots of the cassava plant.

It is also known as tapioca pearls or sago.

People usually eat sabudana as a porridge, khichdi, vada or kheer.

Sabudana is bad for gout because it contains a high amount of carbohydrates, which can raise your blood sugar levels and increase your uric acid production.

Sabudana also has a low nutritional value, as it is mostly starch and water.

It has very little protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

100 grams of sabudana can give you 358 calories, 88.7 grams of carbohydrates (29% of your daily needs), 0.02 gram of fat (0% of your daily needs) and 0.19 gram of protein (0% of your daily needs).

It also has some iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium, but in very small amounts.

Carbohydrates can negatively affect gout by stimulating insulin secretion, which can lower the excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.

This can lead to higher uric acid levels and more gout attacks.

Furthermore, sabudana is a processed food and processed foods are bad for gout.

Because, they often contain added sugars, salt, preservatives and other additives that can worsen inflammation and increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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

Stick to one serving (about half a cup) of cooked sabudana per day to minimize the effects of carbohydrates.

More than that can cause weight gain, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and high uric acid levels.

Also, you shouldn’t eat sabudana if you have diabetes or high blood pressure to prevent worsening your condition.

Because, sabudana can spike your blood sugar and blood pressure levels due to its high glycemic index and sodium content.

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

Always choose organic and unbleached sabudana.

Because, conventional and bleached sabudana may contain pesticides, chemicals and toxins that can harm your health.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to six months.

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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