Foods You Can Eat With Gout
When my husband first got gout we did a lot of research and found that the first things we should cut out of our
shopping list were asparagus, mushrooms and sardines.
But the more we researched, the more confusing it became because every time I thought I had found a substitute,
more research revealed that was not the best choice either.
So what foods can you eat with gout?
The food groups recommended to control the purines in your system that may affect uric acid production are:
- Low-fat dairy products
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
That's a short list and even within that there are some things to watch out for. For example, if you like nuts,
stick with unsalted pistachios - not salted peanuts or cashews.
"The American Medical Association recommends the following dietary guidelines for people with gout, advising
them to eat a diet:
- high in complex carbohydrates (fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, and vegetables)
- low in protein (15% of calories and sources should be soy, lean meats, or poultry)
- no more than 30% of calories in fat (with only 10% animal fats)
Gout Foods You Can Eat:
- Fresh cherries (very good), strawberries, blueberries, and other red-blue berries
- Celery (very good)
- Vegetables including kale, cabbage, parsley, green-leafy vegetables (green beans are very good)
- Foods high in bromelain (pineapple)
- Foods high in vitamin C (red cabbage, red bell peppers, tangerines, mandarins, oranges, potatoes)
- Low-fat dairy products (1% or skim milk)
- Complex carbohydrates (breads, cereals, wheat pasta, brown rice)
Drink LOTS of water. Water will help purify your system and aid in getting rid of the crystals
that have formed in your feet. Remember to limit your alcohol consumption because alcohol not only contains yeast
(which is very bad for gout), but it also causes dehydration, which prevents elimination of the crystals.
Foods considered moderately high in purines which may not raise the risk of gout include:
Cauliflower, peas, spinach, whole grain breads and cereals, chicken, duck, ham, turkey, kidney and lima
Purines are found in all protein foods. But you do need uric acid so do not eliminate all sources of purines. Just
be reasonable with your choices and practice good portion control.
The number one things you should NOT eat if you are subject to gout attacks are organ meats,
anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms.
Most of us don't think we eat organ meats, but beware that if you are eating a lot of processed luncheon
meats and/or sausage, you may be getting this type of meat from there - especially if it is a cheaper brand.
There is a lot to know about foods you can eat with gout and unfortunately, it's not all "cut and dried."
Different people react differently to even these safer food groups. Try to be aware of what you eat, or have eaten
when a flare-up occurs. It's a hard thing to test because one wrong move and you're in pain for a week or so, but
it also pays to know.
I also know that there is a new study currently being done for the treatment of gout, but it is still in the
test phase. A friend of mine was invited to join the study and he had very good results. So don't despair, help is
in the future and I will post more about this treatment when information becomes available.
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