Is oatmeal causing a gout attack

It had been a few years since I had a gout attack.  A couple days ago, a painful attack suddenly came and I wonder what I had ate to induce the attack.  Just about a month ago I changed my diet to consist of brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, etc.  So I wonder if these so called healthy food are actually causing inrease of uric acid level in my body.  

My first inclination was to suspect oatmeal. After googling and reading a lot of references, the conclusion was initially … confusing.  I found information are contradicting each other … until I think I finally got a good explanation for the contradiction.  

The bottom line, the ‘instant’ variety that I have been eating is BAD.  Oats slowly cooked to make a porridge out of it, on the other hand, is GOOD to cure a gout attack. I think this is the best article that describes this fact about oatmeal:

17 Responses to “Is oatmeal causing a gout attack”

  1. aundrearuj says:

    The intelligible answer

  2. I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

  3. mark says:

    Like any other illnesses, there are certain dos and don’ts when you suffer from gout. There are dietary requirements with this type of illness. Though you may not like the idea, those who are suffering from gout should follow these to make sure that it will be gone forever. Cure may not be instant, but it is worth it to see that the pain is gone.

    Gout Cure and Comfort

  4. John Mepham says:


    I am the Publisher and Editor of I wrote the piece about oat meal for gout. Just wanted to thank you for your nice remarks. I hope your gout is getting better.

    All the best,
    John Mepham

  5. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  6. Gout says:

    Thanks for your post. It makes a change to read an article that actually means something connected to gout. I’m going to bookmark your site and come back to it.

  7. Gout really must be seen as an unpleasant illness, my own aunt has been fighting with it for a number of years now. It is really nerve-racking to me, seeing a much loved family member experience pain over and over again. Sticking to a beneficial food plan for prophylaxis and making use of effective medication and therapy is a necessity. I would personally highly recommend everyone who is currently noticing early clues of hyperuricemia to by any means take this absolutely serious. You should see a doctor as soon as you can and modify your diet to prevent the outbreak of the condition. It is definitely no fun, really! You should search for healthy treatments and stay clear of meals with high amounts of purine, alcoholic beverages etc for prevention.

  8. Gouty arthritis undoubtedly is a terrible issue, my aunt has been suffering from it for quite a while now. It is extremely demanding for me, observing a much loved friend and member of the family experience a sudden attack so often. Sticking to a correct diet program aimed at prevention and making use of effective therapy is something I believe to be essential. I would personally recommend any one who is presently noticing primary signs or symptoms of inflammatory arthritis to by any means take this absolutely serious. Better pay a visit to a doctor better sooner than later and adjust your diet to prevent the outbreak of the illness. It is definitely no fun, really. Try to find sensible therapy options and steer clear of meals containing too much purine, alcohol etc to take prophylactic measure.

  9. Hi bud would it be ok if i took some info from here to use on one of our blogs? cheers mate

  10. Thank you for the article. I will stay away from oatmeal then. It’s my favorite breakfast for me & my family for a while. It’s time to change!

  11. Amey says:

    Not only oatmeal each & every protein diet also cause for gout attack.

  12. Bill says:

    From the Quaker Oats website (All types are made from whole grains):
    What are Steel Cut Oats and how are they different from other types of Quaker® Oats?
    Steel Cut Oats are whole oats that have not been rolled into flakes. Instead, they are cut approximately into thirds. Cooking time is 30 minutes and the texture is heartier than rolled oats. Steel Cut Oats are also known as Scotch Oats, Pinhead Oats (in Great Britain because they resemble the size and shape of the head of a large pin) and Irish Oats. Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats are whole oats that have been rolled to flatten them. Quick Quaker® Oats and Quaker® Instant Oats are made from Steel Cut Oats that have been rolled a little thinner than Old Fashioned Oats so they cook faster. All forms of Quaker® Oats, including Steel Cut, Old Fashioned, Quick, and Instant Oats are whole grains. That means they are equally nutritious because they supply all parts of the oat grain including the bran, endosperm and germ. The different size and shape of the oats only affects the cooking time and texture.

    What is the difference between Quaker® Old Fashioned Oatmeal and Quick Quaker® Oats?
    Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats are whole oats that are rolled to flatten them. They contain all parts of the oat grain including the bran, endosperm and germ portion. Quick Quaker® Oats are made the same way but are simply cut into slightly smaller pieces so they cook faster.

  13. Elvy says:

    Thanks for your article. It surprised and confused me as I had been having instant oatmeal for years during breakfast. Did it contribute or did it cause the weakening of my left hip which I had weekly therapy since August to October 2011? It was all at once when I experienced this around June to July 2011. I could not remember how it happened as I exercise regularly and am watchful over my diet…This morning, I just had oats again. Maybe for now GOODBYE TO OATS and have to advise my mom to stop too.

  14. Sam says:

    My episodes with gout taught me a valuable lesson and you can confirm this online: Fructose, high fructose corn syrup is one of the common causes which most gout sufferers may not know about.

    I used to pig out on very sweet white peaches and sweet mangoes (during summer) by the boxful – after all fruit is good for you right? Well, what followed were gout attacks.

    I did research and confirmed the connection between fructose and gout.

    So, AVOID HFCS SODAS, drinks, etc that contain high fructose corn syrup and even sugar! Hope this helps someone …it sure has cut down my gout attacks.

    P.S. I’ve also found a connection between oatmeal and gout attacks.

  15. Ron says:

    Had a long comment written but it said the CAPTCHA code was incorrect. Said to press back button to reenter code, but when I did it had erased my whole comment.

    Other sites don’t have that problem, sorry

  16. Lee says:

    Nightmare with Oatmeal….

    I bought a large pack of instant oat (Quaker Oats) 3 weeks ago thinking of changing my diet. Then I started to had it for breakfast, every morning.

    On the 3rd day I experienced heartburn after breakfast, the culprit might be oats, I thought…but I didn’t want to believe that because it’s suppose to be something good for your health, right?

    The heartburn continues til the 5th day, and Kaboom! The gout attack begins! It was a nightmare, literally.

    Throughout the past one and half week, I had more than 10 joints being gout attacked! At least 2 to 3 joints at the same time. Finally, till now, I can feel the attack is subsiding, probably/hopefully the one I had last night is the last one. I don’t think any of you can imagine that, and the amount of pain I had, because usually it only attack one joint at a time.

    Luckily the amazing lemon water keep the attack from each joint only last for 2 to 3 days. I am having/drinking 5 to 6 lemons with 5 to 7 litre of water a day. That helps.

    That’s the story of me with Oatmeals…and I also found out oatmeal is acidic…especially the instant ones….

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