Gout diet is a diet that aims for keeping you free of the pain from gout.
Gout is a form of arthritis that is associated with purine in foods. Our body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines. When our diet is high in purine, high levels of uric acid are produced and get into the blood, which in turn causes crystals to form and accumulate around a joint in SOME people. If you have gout, watch out what you eat can help you suffer less.
Experts divide foods into three groups in terms of purine levels.
Foods that are low in purine.
Foods that contain medium level of purine.
Foods that are rich in purine.
Among the three food groups, foods that are low in purine should be the major part of your diet if you have gout. Good recipes help you enjoy the limited food group more.
It's best if you avoid medium-purine foods, but you can have some occasionally. You definitely benefit from restraining yourself from foods that are high in purine. So we put the high and medium foods in one group below. Leave them out of your diet if you can.
Gout Diet: Having Foods and Drinks That Are Low in Purine
Eggs (no more than 3 to 4 per week)
Low-fat and fat-free cheeses and ice cream
Skim or 1% Milk (no more than 24 ounces per day)
Vegetables besides asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, green peas, etc.
Breads and cereals: white flour, low fiber, or refined grain types.
Pasta and macaroni
Cream-style soups made with low-fat milk.
Foods that have no purine or have properties that can help treat gout:
Chinese yam roots
Veggies not listed in following high or medium-purine foods are normally fine
Gout Diet: Avoiding the High or Medium-Purine Foods:
Fish, shellfish and fish eggs.
Poultry and game meats.
Mincemeat, meat extracts and organ meats such as brains, hearts, kidneys, livers, and sweetbreads.
Broth, consomme, bouillon and gravy.
Beef, lamb, pork, and other red meats.
Dried beans, peas, lentils.
Some veggies such as asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, green peas.
Wheat such as oats, oatmeal, wheat germ, bran, whole grain breads and cereals.
If you have gout and want to lose weight, try to avoid fasting and a rapid approach to your weight loss plan. They may promote a gout attack.
Drink plenty of water and fluids can help flush uric acid from your body.
Limit or avoid alcohol totally, especially when you have a gout attack; because alcohol affects the elimination of uric acid from your body. This is not to say that you cannot drink at all. When you don't have a gout attack, a small amount of wine won't cause the attack, but drinking beer has been linked to gout attacks. If you love beer, you might want to be more careful. Ideally, a person should not wait until they feel the health effects of excessive drinking before they go to an alcohol abuse rehab center and seek help.