Broccoli And Gout: Is It Good Or Bad?
Is Broccoli Good For Gout?
The short answer is yes, but there is a lot more to this story. So let’s get started on the story of broccoli and gout.
The “official” story is that it is good for you and in the spirit of debate, let’s see if we should even be judging or questioning broccoli in the first place.
It’s fairly low carb at only 10 grams per serving, and yes, carbs are an important topic when it come to gout from my perspective, but more on that later.
Broccoli does sport a nice list of minerals and nutrients, making it a very healthy choice as a food source. Here’s a quick breakdown.
1. Low fat. Almost no fat at just 0.1 g per serving.
2. It supplies just shy of 50 mg of natural sodium
3. It packs a punch with Potassium bringing 469 mg to the table
4. About 20% of your vitamin A is accounted for
5. 7% of your RDA of Calcium is covered
6. Vitamin C is at 220% of your RDA
7. 6% of your Iron is also included
8. 15% of vitamin B-6 is account for
9. 7% of your daily needs of Magnesium are met
Not a bad list as far as nutrition goes.
Gout is a lifestyle disease according to main stream medical and science. This means it’s 100% within your control for the majority of the population, with a small amount attributed to genes.
This, I agree with.
But, how does this list of vitamins/minerals that Broccoli sports make it different from hundreds and hundreds of other foods when it comes to gout?
It doesn’t. Period, end of story. One of the things that makes me mad as a cow grazing on astro-turf is people blaming foods that have no history of causing disease.
There were 10 bullet points above in the list, but there are 91 known nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are needed for life according to some, so call the count at somewhere between 39 and 91. This differs wildly throughout the medical/scientific community/peer review system.
You need a variety of of natural, real foods. 10 things from one food source does not make you healthy.
Yes, broccoli is good for you, even if you have gout. But, I don’t really think broccoli is good or bad for gout. Broccoli also isn’t going to trigger gout.
But, what does trigger gout attacks?
There is a lot of misinformation (actually, misleading information) on gout and the narrative is there to help sell drugs.
So, why has the main stream medical community failed to help people beat gout without drugs? They call it a “lifestyle” disease, so why the drugs first instead of working on the lifestyle? If they were more a bit more honest and if our medical system was not corrupted, the solution would be spread far and wide already.
Here’s what we do know. From a scientific perspective, meats and seafood do not have more purines than any other given food. In fact, according to this post, scientists have no way to measure the purines in any given food. It’s all a farce!
I’ve written an extensive and in-depth article on what I believe to be the truth about gout and the cause of it in the first place. It’s a meat vs sugar article on what really causes gout.
It’s a good read that will dispel some of the deceptions on this topic.