Gout Diet

Gout Diet by Carol & Richard Eustice

Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines. Purines are part of all human tissue and found in many foods.
Considered one of the most painful of the rheumatic conditions, gout afflicts an estimated 840 out of 100,000 people, accounting for about 5 percent of all cases of arthritis. Usually, gout affects the joints in the big toe initially. It also can affect the:

-instep
-ankles
-heels
-knees
-wrists
-fingers
-elbows

Foods To Avoid
Diets which are high in purines and high in protein have long been suspected of causing an increased risk of gout (a type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the body which form crystals in the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation).
Purine-Rich Foods

According to the American Medical Association, purine-containing foods include:
-Beer, other alcoholic beverages.
-Anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roes, herring.
-Yeast.
-Organ meat (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads)
-Legumes (dried beans, peas)
-Meat extracts, consomme, gravies.
-Mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower.

Foods Higher In Purines
Johns Hopkins lists foods which are higher in purines, the foods very high in purines include:

-hearts
-herring
-mussels
-yeast
-smelt
-sardines
-sweetbreads

-Study participants who consumed the highest amount of meat were 40 percent more likely to have gout than those who ate the least amount of meat.

-Study participants who ate the most seafood were 50 percent more likely to have gout.

In this specific study, though, not all purine-rich foods were associated with an increased risk of gout. There was no increased risk associated with a diet which included:

-peas
-beans
-mushrooms
-cauliflower
-spinach

What Should You Eat?
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)

Recommended Foods To Eat
-Fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and other red-blue berries
-Bananas
-Celery
-Tomatoes
-Vegetables including kale, cabbage, parsley, green-leafy vegetables
-Foods high in bromelain (pineapple)
-Foods high in vitamin C (red cabbage, red bell peppers, tangerines, mandarins, oranges, potatoes)
-Drink fruit juices and purified water (8 glasses of water per day)
-Low-fat dairy products
-Complex carbohydrates (breads, cereals, pasta, rice, as well as aforementioned vegetables and fruits)
-Chocolate, cocoa
-Coffee, tea
-Carbonated beverages
-Essential fatty acids (tuna and salmon, flaxseed, nuts, seeds)
-Tofu, although a legume and made from soybeans, may be a better choice than meat

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