Sunday, February 12, 2012

Is Cauliflower bad for gout?

There are many contradictory information on the internet regarding if cauliflower is bad for gout.

Many doctors/people think cauliflower should be avoided and it can make existing gout condition worse because cauliflower is naturally moderately high in purine.

However, based on results from a study led by Dr. Hyon K. Choi, reported in the March 11, 2004 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, there is no increased risk by eating cauliflower. Here is the link to the report.

The cases reported:
1. In Johnny Bowden's book: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why, it said "... Though cauliflower isn't as superhigh in purines as some other foods, the amount is moderately high, and you should be aware of it. Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa has reported that one of his patients had a worsening of gout when he ate too much cauliflower."
2. Liam wrote a post stating "..."I had quite a big weekend and I remember eating cauliflower the night before, not knowing that it was a trigger. ".

The regular sized head of cauliflower is weighing around 575g. Purine level in cauliflower is  51g per 100g. It is suggested that purine intake in gout diet should be limited (113g to 170g daily). Which means for people with gout condition, the intake of cauliflower in a meal should be no more than 1/3 of the cauliflower (considering cauliflower is not the only food eaten in a day).