Is pineapple good or bad for gout?
First off, let me make clear that I don't think any one food is bad for gout save a handful or two such as sugar, alcohol, and pineapple is not on that list.
Do I believe it lowers swelling and pain during a gout attack?
No! As someone who was literally crippled for a year from gout in the knee, I've tried a lot of almost everything and the vast majority of one off foods helping with gout are slim or none.
ACV and black coffee are two of a handful that I know for sure gives some relief, and ACV works within an hour of taking it.
You'll understand why I made the above statement shortly.
So, what are the suggested benefits of pineapple and gout?
Benefits of Pineapple For Gout
What supposedly helps people with gout that's in Pineapple?
It's often touted indirectly because it's been used to treat people with Osteoarthritis and the studies suggest it can reduce the inflammatory symptoms. Most assume it helps with gout.
That's not what the research suggests.
In the studies they weren't given Pineapple, they were given bromelain extract, absent the rest of the fruit. Could there be something in Pineapple that is not that great for gout?
We'll get to that soon enough.
The claim with vitamin C is that it can help reduce uric acid levels. Again these suggestions were based on studies where people were given vitamin c, not from fruits or any other foods of any kind.
Both are stretches at best, and on most sites that write about gout, are direct contradictions of other content they have on their sites. Sugar comes to mind.
Sucrose is common sugar. It is a disaccharide, a molecule composed of two monosaccharides: glucose and fructose. Both not that great for gout and written about on every site that even hints of gout.
You must think foods through.
No substantial science to back any claims that it helps with gout. It's even worse correlation than Bromelain and Vitamin C.
There is no substance to any of these claims. It's not even worth linking to.
Fiber slows the digestion of food, and therefore helps slow or lower insulin spikes. It's natures way of slowing the digestion of sugary foods such as fruits. Think of sugar cane and how fibrous it is.
I spent the first 12 years of my life in sugar cane country. I've eaten (chewed) lot's of stalks of sugar cane, and it's fibrous and tough to chew the sweet juice from it. This is one of the sources most used to validate their claims.
But pineapple is not near as fibrous as sugar cane and just one cup of diced pineapple gives you 15 to 16 grams of sugar. That's the equivalent 15 to 16 teaspoons of table sugar in one cup. Eating that one cup just shot your insulin levels very high for the better part of two hours. That doesn't include the speed and severity of the spike or the slow decent back to reasonable levels.
Let's Talk Honestly About This Pineapple Juice For Gout Thing
You must take into account how much sugar you're eating and how often you eat it since it is a major factor in Gout. I ended (reversed) my gout attacks by eliminating all sugars and carbs at first, but then adding in intermittent fasting and eventually lowering my restrictions on other foods.
I've been gout free since early 2012 and I eat anything and everything i want, but still mindful of the amount of sugars and carbs I consume. Because of intermittent fasting, I can eat anything I want without fear of having a gout attack.
Purines in certain foods are not the problem.
Then there's this:
Conventional dietary recommendations for gout have emphasized the restriction of purine intake. There are two main approaches: the traditional low purine, low protein, alcohol-restricted diet, and more recently, a weight-reducing, purine-unlimited, calorie- and carbohydrate-restricted diet, with increased proportional intake of both protein and unsaturated fats. However, a rigid purine restricted diet is of dubious therapeutic value and there are also no long-term studies of the efficacy of either approach (Fam 2002).
Here's the source for the quote above.
So, if it's not purines, and it's not uric acid, then what's the real cause of gout? Look at the two options in the quote, which one is pushed by main stream medical and how many continue to suffer?
I made a post about a video my personal doctor made a couple of years back and wrote a little about it also. The posts is Gout Diet: 10 Steps To Optimize Uric Acid. I would advise watching the video and reading the post.
You will be further ahead than 99% of current gout patients across the U.S., it works and is backed by science.
Your problem as a gout sufferer is insulin resistance. If you don't fix it with diet, sooner or later, you'll add Type II diabetes or other not so favorable names to your list of agonies know as auto-immune disorders.