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?
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Thank you for this information. I am trying to balance a gout diet while also including one that follows Coumadin and Stage III Kidney disease. This information was a great source of comfort and provided guidance on what to include as a meal. I think if I follow the Mediterranean Diet it will address all 3 areas and help to keep down Gout attacks for my husband. We are vegetarians and were eating fish occasionally but we have excluded that from our menu choices. We are using a lot of plant based products and watching sodium levels. I will watch as I return to some meals with chicken breast. Organic low sugar peanut butter and a return to egg whites and not egg beaters. Thank you again.