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How does the Mediterranean Diet help with gout attacks. Can you eat potatoes and eggs if you have gout? How often? How do you decrease the swelling from gout?

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Hi @neetneet, Gout is caused by the excessive buildup of uric acid in the body, which in turn can cause inflammation and a flare up of your symptoms. The Mediterranean Diet plays a roll in gout prevention by reducing key uric acid producing elements such as purine, from your daily food intake, thereby lowering the inflammation in the body. Generally, when the inflammation is lowered, the swelling is reduced.
I found a few articles online that help shed light on how the diet works to lower the risk for gout. This one in particular went into fairly good detail and explains how the diet works, why it’s so beneficial and, it parallels this great article from Mayo Transition to a Mediterranean-Style Diet.


The Gout Site has a very informative article for your question about eating potatoes. If you look through their entire site it provides more ideas for prevention. https://www.thegoutsite.com/potatoes-and-gout/ A little caution if you look into the home remedies as these are not proven. It’s always important to seek the advice of your physician first.

And lastly, an article you might find helpful regarding eggs! From several other credible sites I perused, it appears there is little problem with eating eggs (in regards to gout). This site also has a beneficial list of foods to further reduce uric acid, which is the goal in preventing gout. https://www.healthline.com/health/egg-and-gout

Hopefully you’ll find the information helpful and it will lure you into trying out the healthier diet that can reduce inflammation in the body. Do you have frequent gout attacks?