The Effects of Cassava Leaves for People with Gout

One of the reasons uric acid levels in blood increase is because people consume foods that contain purine. That’s why, by limiting purine intake from certain foods, you can reduce uric acid levels. What about cassava leaves? Are they good for people with gout?

According to research, purine consumption from vegetables will not influence uric acid levels drastically. Vegetables are included in the group of foods with low purine. However, you need to limit consumption of cassava leaves if you have gout.

Cassava leaves contain medium levels of purine. They are included in the group of foods that you should limits if you have gout. According to, here are the list of food groups with their purine levels:

-Group I (you should avoid)

High purine levels (100-1000 mg purines/ 100 gr food materials): brains, livers, bouillons, mackerels, hearts, kidney, organs, duck meats, sardines, broths, mussels and shells.

-Group II (you should limit)

Medium levels of purine (9-100 mg purine/ 100 gr food material): Maximum intakes are 50-75 gr meat, fish or poultry or 1 cup (100 gr) of vegetables per day. Beef and fish (except fish that are in the group I), cassava leaves, chickens, shrimps, tempe, asparagus, spinach, water spinach, melinjo leaves, melinjo seeds.

-Group III

Low levels of purine: rice, sweet potatoes, corns, breads, noodles, vermicelli, rice flour, pudding, milk, cheese, eggs, oils, sugar, vegetables and fruits (except those that are in group II).

So, you should limit cassava leaves consumption around 50-75 gr per day if you suffer gout. However, cassava tubes are actually good for helping you reduce uric acid levels.

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