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Low Purine Food


Purine is a substance found in foods or produced naturally by our bodies. It may be broken down by our body and changed to uric acid, which causes gout.

Gout is a kind of arthritis that is no fun to live with. Paying attention to your diet is important if you have a gout condition. It can improve your life quality. Food that contains high levels of purine can cause gout attacks easily.

The following list is the foods that are low in purine. Eating more of these may help you achieve your health goal.

Low-purine foods and beverages:

  • Eggs (no more than 3 to 4 per week)
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Low-fat and fat-free cheeses and ice cream
  • Pudding
  • skim or 1% Milk (no more than 24 ounces per day)
  • Vegetables besides asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, green peas, etc.
  • Soda
  • Coffee and tea
  • Gelatin
  • Fruits and juices
  • Breads and cereals: white flour, low fiber, or refined grain types.
  • Pasta and macaroni
  • Rice
  • Cream-style soups made with low-fat milk.

Foods that have no purine or have properties that can help treat gout:

  • Napa cabbage
  • Radishes
  • Cherries
  • Red dates
  • Chinese yam roots
  • Veggies not listed in following high or medium-purine foods are normally fine

Avoid the high or medium-purine foods list as the following:

  • 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.

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