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Purine Free Diet


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

High levels of uric acid can cause urate crystals to form in the joints. The buildup of these crystals causes swelling, which is called a gout attack or gout pain. Gout is a kind of arthritis that is no fun to live with.

If you or your loved ones have a gout condition, paying attention to the foods consumed and living with a purine-free diet or low purine diet is important, because foods that contain high levels of purine can cause gout attacks easily.

The following lists may help you achieve your diet goal. Pay attention to the purine-free foods below.

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.

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 not on the lists above
  • 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 high or medium-purine foods are normally fine

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