Is Sour Cream Bad for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sour cream is bad for gout. Because it has fat and calories that can increase uric acid levels and worsen gout symptoms.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints, especially the big toe.

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, such as red meat, seafood, beer and wine.

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

This can lead to various health problems, such as joint damage, kidney stones 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, shellfish, sugary drinks and alcohol.

Now, sour cream is a dairy product made by fermenting cream with certain bacteria.

People usually use it as a topping for baked potatoes, soups, salads and desserts.

Sour cream is bad for gout because it contains a lot of fat and calories.

A half-cup of sour cream can give you 222 calories, 22 grams of fat (14 grams of saturated fat), 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbohydrates.

Fat can increase the production of uric acid in your body and make it harder for your kidneys to excrete it.

Saturated fat can also raise your blood cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Calories can contribute to weight gain, which can put more pressure on your joints and worsen your gout symptoms.

Furthermore, sour cream is a dairy product and dairy products are bad for gout.

Because, they can interfere with the absorption of some medications used to treat gout, such as allopurinol and probenecid.

That’s why I suggest you limit your sour cream intake to avoid gout attacks and complications.

Stick to no more than one tablespoon of sour cream per day to minimize the effects of fat and calories.

Also, you shouldn’t eat sour cream if you have lactose intolerance or a milk allergy to prevent digestive problems or allergic reactions.

Because, sour cream contains lactose and milk proteins that can trigger these conditions.

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

Always choose sour cream that has a high fat content (at least 18%) and a low acidity (no more than 0.5%).

Because, these factors affect the taste and texture of sour cream.

You can store sour cream in the refrigerator for up to two weeks after opening.

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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