Do you want to eat candy, ice cream, and other sweets with gout? Go ahead and treat yourself, just don’t overdo it. There is no specific problem with sweets unless they are overloaded with added fructose. This is usually high fructose corn syrup, which can raise uric acid. Apart from that, moderate sweet intake as part of a calorie controlled diet will not make gout worse.

The best diet for gout sufferers is based on an alkaline gout diet menu. Here is a list of sweets with nutrients analyzed for their contribution to an alkaline diet, and other nutrients important to gout.

The gout foods table for sweets covers key foods in the Sweets group from the USDA food database.

All my gout foods tables are based on a serving size that provides 100 calories (Kcals) of energy. This is different from most earlier food tables on GoutPal. I explain why in my gout foods table introduction, where you can learn the importance of each nutrient for gout sufferers. If you are new to my gout foods tables, it is very important that you read that introduction, and understand how to use these tables effectively.

Sweets should always be seen as treats that will make your diet interesting and enjoyable. So, in moderation, you can include sweets in a healthy diet. But you must be aware of the risks.

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If you look at the energy column in the sweets table, you will see that all portion sizes to achieve 100 calories are very small. You must limit calorie intake from sweets. Current guidance from Harvard is a maximum of 100 calories from sweets for women, and 150 for men. As well as general health issues, there are also potential gout risks from excessive calories. Learn why in Is Sugar Bad for Gout?.

Are you concerned that ice cream maybe causing your gout? If so, please see the Ice Cream and Gout Discussion. In particular, Is Ice Cream Bad for Gout.

Gout Foods Table for Sweets

Long Description 100 Kcal Serve(g) Vitamin C (mg) PRAL Score Iron (mg) GoutPal Index
GoutPal Imaginary Standard 100 Kcal Serving 100 3 -2 1 1.9
Syrups, maple 38 0 -2 0 1.5
Sherbet, orange 69 2 -1 0 1.4
Frozen novelties, ice type, lime 78 1 0 0 0.9
Ice creams, vanilla, light 56 1 0 0 0.8
Ice creams, vanilla 48 0 0 0 0.7
Jellies 38 0 0 0 0.6
Sugars, brown 26 0 -1 0 0.6
Ice creams, chocolate 46 0 -1 0 0.5
Honey 33 0 0 0 0.4
Syrups, table blends, pancake, with 2% maple 38 0 0 0 0.3
Candies, caramels 26 0 0 0 0.3
Sugars, granulated 26 0 0 0 0.3
Sugars, powdered 26 0 0 0 0.2
Candies, hard 25 0 0 0 0.2
Candies, gumdrops, starch jelly pieces 25 0 0 0 0.2
Ice creams, vanilla, rich 40 0 0 0 0.2
Average Sweets 100 Kcal Serving 34 0 -1 1 0.1
Candies, marshmallows 31 0 0 0 0.1
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies 20 0 0 0 0.0
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars 20 0 0 0 0.0
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS Bar 20 0 0 0 0.0
Candies, semisweet chocolate 21 0 -1 1 -0.1
Candies, sweet chocolate coated fondant 27 0 0 0 -0.1
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies 19 0 0 0 -0.2
Candies, milk chocolate 19 0 0 0 -0.3
Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened, processed with alkali 45 0 -14 7 -0.4
Baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares 20 0 -1 3 -3.0

I list Sweets in GoutPal Index order above, which is great for most people’s needs. Do you have special nutritional goals with personal allowances for energy, vitamin C, pH balancing, or iron? Soon, you will be able to sort the table by those factors. If you want to know when these improvements to gout foods tables are available, please subscribe to my free gout newsletter below.

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