Oatmeal is a popular breakfast cereal that is low in fat and high in fiber. However, because oatmeal makes the body release uric acid, it can worsen gout.
Some people who eat oatmeal regularly for breakfast or other purposes may develop gout.
If you do not have gout, a small serving of oatmeal will not cause any problems. You should avoid oatmeal if you have gout.
In addition, you should avoid oatmeal products that contain more than 10 grams of purines per serving.
Purines are a chemical by-product of protein digestion. They can create a uric acid crystal and cause gout.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have gout:
- A sudden, severe, or recurrent attack of joint pain
- A sudden or persistent pain in the toes, feet, or heels
- A sudden or persistent pain in the knees, ankles, or lower back
- A sudden unexplained weight loss
- Swelling and redness in the joints
Oatmeal with milk
You can consume oatmeal with milk or other dairy products. However, you should avoid oatmeal products that contain more than 10 grams of purines per serving.
If you have gout, eating oatmeal with milk may increase the risk of gout flare-ups.
Milk may make your body release uric acid, which could make your gout worse.
Oatmeal is a great source of antioxidants and fiber. However, oatmeal that is high in purines may trigger gout.
Oatmeal that contains more than 10 grams of purines per serving is high in purines.
A 2016 study suggests that eating oatmeal with more than 10 grams of purines per serving may increase the risk of gout flare-ups.
You should consider avoiding oatmeal with high-purine content if you have gout.
Other sources of purines
Other foods and drinks that contain purines can also cause gout.
Purine-rich foods include:
- Red meat
- Some types of meat, such as liver and organ meats
- Processed meats
- Sugary desserts and beverages
- Processed cheese and other dairy products
Other foods that contain purines are listed below.
Whole-grain oatmeal is a popular breakfast cereal. Oatmeal made from whole grains is generally lower in purines than oatmeal made from refined grains.
Oatmeal made from whole grains may lower the risk of gout.
Eating oatmeal with milk may not affect your risk of gout. However, eating oatmeal with milk may make your gout worse.
Oatmeal with chocolate chips
Oatmeal with chocolate chips is a popular breakfast cereal. Oatmeal made with chocolate chips does not contain an unusually high amount of purines.
If you have gout, eating oatmeal with chocolate chips may not increase the risk of gout flare-ups.
However, chocolate may increase the risk of gout flare-ups if you have gout.
Oatmeal with cream
Some people with gout may find that eating oatmeal with cream makes their gout worse.
A 2015 study reports that eating oatmeal with cream may increase the risk of gout flare-ups.
However, eating oatmeal with cream may improve the symptoms of gout.
Oatmeal with sugar
Oatmeal with sugar may also cause gout. A 2015 study reported that eating oatmeal with added sugar may increase the risk of gout flare-ups.
However, eating oatmeal with sugar may improve the symptoms of gout.
Oatmeal with nuts
If you have gout, eating oatmeal with nuts may increase the risk of gout flare-ups.
A 2014 study reports that eating oatmeal with nuts may reduce the symptoms of gout.
However, eating oatmeal with nuts may make your gout worse.
Fruit juices are made from fruit pulp. If you have gout, fruit juices may cause gout flare-ups.
A 2015 study reports that consuming fruit juices, such as orange and grapefruit juice, increases the risk of gout flare-ups.
However, consuming fruit juices may improve the symptoms of gout.
Some oatmeal products contain sugar or other ingredients that may increase the risk of gout.
Some examples of oatmeal products that may cause gout include:
- Corn Cheerios
- Granola and other granola-type cereals
- Quaker oatmeal
- Ritz crackers
- Steel cut oats
How to prevent gout?
Gout can be prevented by reducing the amount of purines in your diet.
Some foods and drinks that contain purines include:
- Red meats
- Pickled foods
You can reduce your purine intake by preparing and eating foods that contain less purines. You can also consume less purine-rich foods and drinks.
You may also want to limit your intake of purine-rich foods.
Certain foods and drinks that contain purines may also cause your body to produce uric acid. In turn, this can cause gout.
You may want to avoid these foods and drinks:
- Processed foods
- High-purine foods
- Some alcoholic beverages
- Certain meats, such as liver and organ meats
- Processed cheese and other dairy foods
- Sugary cereals, such as Cheerios and Corn Cheerios
If you already have gout, eating purine-rich foods may make your gout worse.
You should also avoid purine-rich foods if you have gout or any other type of arthritis.
What is gout?
Gout is a disease that causes sudden, severe, or recurrent attacks of pain and inflammation in your joints.
The condition occurs when uric acid builds up in your joints.
There is also a group of conditions that are similar to gout.
These conditions include:
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes swelling and pain in your joints. With gout, uric acid crystals collect in and around the joint area.
Gout is not the same as inflammation. Inflammation is caused by an infection, injury, or another condition.
Symptoms of gout include:
- Joint pain
- Redness in the joint area
Gout is a type of arthritis that can lead to joint deformity.
Causes of gout
Gout is caused by an increase in uric acid in your blood. When your body produces too much uric acid, it forms uric acid crystals in your joints.
These crystals can collect and form a uric acid crystal deposit in and around the joint.
However, uric acid buildup can also occur in your kidneys.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several risk factors for gout. These include:
- You are age 50 or older.
- You have a family history of gout.
- You have diabetes or kidney disease.
- You smoke.
- You drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day.
- You have high levels of uric acid in your blood.
Who is at risk of gout?
There is not a specific group of people who are at risk of gout. However, some people are more likely to get this condition than others.
According to the Mayo Clinic, these are some of the groups that are at risk:
- Women who are post-menopausal.
- People who have a family history of gout.
- People who are overweight or obese.
If you are at risk of gout, you should talk to your doctor and make sure your diet includes foods and drinks that are low in purines.
You should also make sure you eat a low-purine diet so that you reduce your risk of gout.
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