Is Sourdough Bread Good for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sourdough bread is good for gout. Because it has less purines and more inositol hexaphosphate than regular bread, and they can lower your uric acid levels and prevent gout attacks.

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

In gout, your body produces too much uric acid or your kidneys do not excrete it fast enough.

This leads to the formation of urate crystals in your joints, which cause inflammation, pain and swelling.

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, low-fat dairy products and whole grains, and avoid high-purine foods like red meat, organ meats, seafood, alcohol and sugary drinks.

Now, sourdough bread is a type of bread made from fermented dough using a starter culture of yeast and bacteria.

People usually eat sourdough bread as a part of their breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Sourdough bread is good for gout because it contains less purines than regular bread.

Purines are substances that are broken down into uric acid in your body.

According to one study, sourdough bread has 0.4 mg of purines per 100 g, while regular bread has 2.5 mg of purines per 100 g.

One slice of sourdough bread (about 30 g) can give you 80 calories, 16 g of carbohydrates, 3 g of protein, 1 g of fat and 1 g of fiber.

It also contains some vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium and selenium.

The lower purine content of sourdough bread can help reduce your uric acid levels and prevent gout attacks.

However, sourdough bread is still a source of carbohydrates, which can raise your blood sugar levels and increase your insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is a risk factor for gout, as it can impair your kidney function and make it harder to excrete uric acid.

Furthermore, sourdough bread is a type of wheat product and wheat is good for gout.

Because, wheat contains a substance called inositol hexaphosphate, which can bind to uric acid and prevent it from crystallizing in your joints.

You can eat one or two slices of sourdough bread per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, which are all associated with gout.

Also, you shouldn’t eat sourdough bread if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance to prevent digestive problems.

Because, sourdough bread contains gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

You can buy fresh sourdough bread in your local bakery or can order it from online.

Always choose sourdough bread that is made with natural ingredients and has a tangy flavor.

Because, these indicate that the bread has been properly fermented and has less purines.

You can store sourdough bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or in the freezer for up to three 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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