What about gout and eggs?

Are eggs bad for those with gout? In general, no. But, we all know that when it comes to gout, everything should be taken in moderation.

Chicken eggs have a low enough purine content to be considered safe for a gout-adjusted diet. The breakdown of purines produces uric acid, which in excess causes gout. If you are familiar with any gout diet, the premise is simple: keep everything in moderation and avoid purine-rich foods.

Eggs are usually recommended for gout patients in medical and nutritional circles. They contain less than 50 milligrams of purines per 100 grams, which is considered very low. While eggs will not directly lower your uric acid levels, a diet consisting of eggs to fill in the nutritional gaps will keep purine levels in your meals low. Think of it this way, because of the nutritional value of eggs—for example, high in protein—you can make do without high-purine sources of protein such as red meat.

Keep in mind that eggs should be added to your complete gout diet plan and not separate. You should not treat them as bonus snacks nor should you eat nothing but eggs. They are only part of the bigger picture.

As for other eggs—duck, goose, quail, and turkey—it is known that these have lower acidity levels that chicken eggs so they are also considered “safe.” To be even more on the safe side, others suggest going as far as just eating egg whites. Egg yolks are known to be more acidic than whites. However, personally, I think this has a very minimal effect. After all, gout victims already have a very limited variety in foods so it wouldn’t hurt to add a little flavor and include the yolk. I guess it would also somewhat related to say that when an egg is fried, it becomes a little more acidic than say, when it is boiled.

If you are a gout victim, always keep in mind that your diet should be one that does not add more uric acid to your body and prevents your body from producing more of it. It’s generally quite simple but complicated in how little the variety of foods you have left. Ironic, I know.

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