Get Rid Of Gout - Stay Away From 6 Foods

Gout is an arthritic condition with severe pain in affected joints, it occurs at varying frequency and usually unpredictably. This condition is caused by excess uric acid in the body, leading to the formation of small crystals of urate, then causing inflammation and hence the pain. 

A diet to lower uric acid levels, along with medications prescribed by your doctor, makes gout one of the most controllable forms of arthritis. The purine in foods breaks down in the human body into uric acid, the sugar in foods increase the uric acid in the body, therefore you need to stay away from high-purine foods and sugar if you are prone to gout.

  • Red meat and organ meats (liver, tongue and sweetbreads)

Red meats have higher purine content as compared to white meats. The body breaks down purines into uric acid, but too much can get into the bloodstream and cause attacks. If you’re a meat lover, remember that beef and pork are more friendly than lamb which has a higher purine content than other meats. 

  • Fishes & shellfishes

Certain types of fish and shellfish are very rich in purines, and gout sufferers should avoid them completely, including herring, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and scallop. 

Salmon contains lower purine than other fishes, and oysters, shrimp, crab, lobsters are safer bets, gout suffers can eat them with low-to-moderate intake, less than twice a week.

  •  Refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, sugar)

The refined carbohydrates are converted into sugar in your body. In fact, high blood levels of insulin – a consequence of a diet high in refined carbs – has been shown to increase uric acid levels, probably by decreasing the excretion of uric acid by the kidneys

  • Sugar

As many studies are now illustrating, gout is common in people with excessive sugar intake, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS.) It’s wise to read the labels of all your food and drinks. If you find HFCS then eliminate that from your diet.

  • Alcohol

Alcohol becomes sugar once ingested so it’s safer to eliminate this from diet. If you are a true lover, limit it to no more than one alcoholic drink for women and two for men within 24 hours.

  • Certain Vegetables & beans 

Some vegetables have high amounts of purines, including asparagus, mushrooms, peas, spinach, and cauliflower, so do some dried beans such as fava and garbanzo. However, eating these vegetables or beans may not trigger an attack as readily as red meat or sugar, because high-purine vegetables do not tend to trigger gout in the way that high-purine animal products do. Such foods could be avoided just as a precaution.





* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.