Diet for Gout

Gout occurs due to the buildup of uric acid in the joints. It is because of elevated blood level of uric acid (hyperuricemia), which occurs on account of the liver producing more uric acid than the body can excrete in the urine. It also occurs due to a diet high in rich foods (e.g., red meat, cream sauces, red wine) whereby more uric acid is produced than the kidneys can filter from the blood.

One can control gout and avoid its occurrence by regulating one’ss dietary habits. One should eat right by taking certain foods and avoiding others. Diets that are high in purines and in proteins cause gout. Those who ate a lot of meat had more chances of suffering from gout than those having least meat. Those who ate seafood also had high chances of suffering from gout. Obviously diet is important in the occurrence and treatment of gout. What diet should one have?

Tips for Diet for Gout

  • Those who are trying to lose weight should consult the physician about a weight loss program. Fasting or severe dieting can increase the uric acid levels which can result in gout
  • Those who have kidney stones due to uric acid have to avoid purine- rich foods as these can raise the uric acid levels
  • One can consume coffee and tea but should avoid alcohol. Coffee and tea help to flush the uric acid crystals from the body
  • Foods which are high in purine are hearts, herring, mussels, yeast, sardines, sweetbreads etc
  • One should eat a diet high in complex carbohydrates, that is, fiber rich whole grains, fruits and vegetables
  • One should take foods low in protein, such as soy, lean meats, or poultry
  • Less calories in fat
  • One can eat fresh cherries, blueberries, strawberries
  • Bananas can be taken
  • Celery can be had
  • Vegetables, tomatoes, kale, cabbage, parsley, green leafy vegetables are good
  • Foods high in bromelain can be preferred
  • One can take foods high in Vitamin C such as red cabbage, red bell peppers, tangerines, mandarins, oranges, potatoes
  • Drink fruit juices and purified water
  • Low fat dairy products should be taken
  • Coffee, tea is alright
  • Carbonated beverages are fine
  • Essential fatty acids such as tuna and salmon, flaxseed, nuts, seeds
  • Tofu, which is a legume made from soybeans can be preferred to meat
  • Foods which are moderately high in purines but may not necessarily cause gout are asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms,  spinach, peas, whole grain breads as well as cereals, chicken, duck,  turkey, ham, kidney and lima bean

Gout can also be avoided through proper diet. One must eat the right kind of foods. If suffering from it, one can adhere to the diet prescribed.