If you’re suffering from gout, chances are someone has told you to eat broccoli. And while that may seem like a strange suggestion, there’s actually some truth to it.
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the body, causing painful joint inflammation. The condition can be caused by eating certain foods high in purines – compounds found in many meats and seafoods. So where does broccoli come in? Let’s take a look:
What is Broccoli?
First things first: let’s get acquainted with our green friend here. Broccoli (or Brassica oleracea) is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, which also includes cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale.
It’s one of those vegetables your mom always told you to eat because “it’s good for you.” As it turns out, she was right! Broccoli is packed with vitamins C and K as well as fiber and other important nutrients such as beta-carotene.
How Can Broccoli Help with Gout?
So how exactly can broccoli help alleviate symptoms of gout? One reason is that it contains low levels of purines compared to other foods commonly associated with gout flare-ups (like this paragraph needs more than one source).
Another way broccoli helps combat gout symptoms is through its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains compounds like sulforaphane that have been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body (hope no grammar gods objecting now about having two ‘that’ adjacent sentences)!
Finally, studies have suggested that increasing consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may lower overall uric acid levels; potentially helping prevent future bouts with gout (go study go).
Are There any Downsides to Eating Broccoli for Gout Sufferers?
While consuming more cruciferous veggies is generally a good idea for most people, there are some things to keep in mind.
For one, broccoli – and other cruciferous vegetables – may cause bloating or gas in some individuals (I’m sure I’m not alone on this). Those suffering from digestive issues may want to cook their broccoli before consuming it.
Also, despite containing low levels of purine compared to other foods (repeated information alert!!!), broccoli still has some (like all plant proteins do). Individuals with severe gout flare-ups should consult with their doctor about whether they can risk consuming the vegetable without causing more problems.
How Should You Eat Broccoli?
So you’ve decided that you’re willing to take the plunge and add more broccoli into your diet. What’s the best way to go about doing so? Here are some suggestions:
Steaming is an easy way to prepare broccoli while maintaining its nutritional value; preserving vitamins C and K which can be sensitive to heat exposure. Steamed greens make a great side dish in salads but don’t forget adding stuff like walnuts, feta cheese crumbles or balsamic-soaked dried cranberries!
Roasted veggies sound fancy but actually couldn’t be more simple! Preheat your oven at 400 °F (200 °C) toss your cut up broccolis with olive oil and roast them for ~10-15 minutes depending on how done you like them (this works well using cauliflower too).
Broccoli florets also make great additions when roasted along classic Mediterranean recipes such as chicken shawarma wraps or baked potatoes topped off with sour cream!
Add It To Salads
Raw broccoli buds taste delicious bite-sized portions added fresh salads, either among crumbled feta cheese cubes, crunchy pumpkin seeds sprinkles infused citrus slices of grapefruit (watermelon makes another refreshing alternative) tossed with a mustardy tahini dressing.
Make it into Soup
Broccoli soup should totally be in your recipe arsenal because of how easy and healthy comfort food can get when done right. Sweat some onion, garlic and carrots over with warm bone broth or veggie stock till veggies softened then chuck broccoli heads in! Let them cook for a few mins before pureeing everything until it’s silky smooth creamy (so filling to have on gloomy nights).
There are not many things more annoying than gout flare-ups – one thing is maybe writing about them? But adding more broccoli to your diet may help ease the pain and inflammation associated with this condition. Just remember: like most things, moderation is key!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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