Foods to Avoid with Gout

Gout, a type of arthritis, is a painful condition of the bone joints, which occurs when the uric acid levels in our blood increases. The joints become swollen and painful. Gout can be both prevented and kept under control by a combination of diet and change of lifestyle. We have already covered the natural remedies for gout and this diet article can be supplemented with it. In this article we are going to discuss some of the foods which are to be avoided with gout.

Foods to Avoid with Gout

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Alcohol – You saw this coming? Yes, alcohol should be on top of your list of foods that you should avoid or at least limit if you can’t help it. Alcohol messes up the way your body gets rid of uric acid, so if you are having a gout attack, you must avoid alcohol completely.

Animal Protein – Most animal protein, like red meat and sea foods contains high amount of purines. If you have gout then you must limit this kind of protein. Also, make sure to limit animal organs such as liver etc. as much as possible as they fall under the high-purines food.

Fast foods or processed foods – Most types of fast foods include chicken or other animal protein. So, eating such type of foods indirectly feeds you up with purines. It also causes obesity which is linked with gout as well.

Carbohydrates – Certain foods like sweet breads, cakes etc. are high in purines and thus they should also be limited.

Soft drinks – Carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners are to be avoided when facing a gout attack.

Some of the other things that you should avoid or consume less are yeast, mushroom, legumes etc. Basically, uric acid in the blood causes gout and your kidneys can’t filter well enough to keep the uric acid levels low. So, if you just avoid foods that cause uric acid to form, you should do fine. Obesity is also connected with gout and doing a self weight loss by fasting etc. can increase the uric acid levels. Just make sure to visit a doctor before you plan anything.

Category: Nutrition

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