Is Sushi Bad for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sushi is bad for gout. Because it has high-purine ingredients and carbohydrates, and they can increase your uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks.

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 sharp crystals in your joints.

This can lead to various health problems, such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and kidney stones.

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

Now, sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice with various toppings, usually seafood.

People usually eat sushi with soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger.

Sushi is bad for gout because it contains high-purine ingredients, such as fish, shellfish, and soy sauce.

If you have gout, you should avoid sushi or limit your intake to very small portions.

One piece of sushi can give you about 0.5 grams of purines, which is 5% of your daily limit if you have gout.

Purines can increase your uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks.

Fish and shellfish can also contain mercury, which can worsen gout symptoms.

Soy sauce can also raise your sodium intake, which can increase your blood pressure and kidney problems.

Furthermore, sushi is a high-carbohydrate food and carbohydrates can increase your insulin levels, which can reduce your uric acid excretion.

High-carbohydrate foods are bad for gout because they can aggravate your condition.

Because of these reasons, you should limit your sushi intake to less than 50 grams per day, which is about one or two pieces.

More than that can cause gout flares, inflammation, and kidney damage.

Also, you shouldn’t eat sushi if you have an active gout attack or a history of kidney stones to prevent worsening your symptoms.

Because sushi can increase your uric acid levels and cause more crystals to form in your joints and kidneys.

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

Always choose sushi that is made with fresh and high-quality ingredients.

Because sushi can spoil easily and cause food poisoning.

You can store sushi in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but it is best to eat it as soon as possible.

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 nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

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

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