Vegetables and fruits
Most of vegetables and all fruits are considered safe and healthy for people with gout
As mentioned before, dairy products may help improve and control gouty arthritis. For best result, choose low-fat or free-fat dairy products of yogurt, cheese, etc.
Meat and beans
Almost all animal-based proteins such as meat contain some purines. You don’t have many options. But eggs, nuts, are peanut butter are still recommended. Lean meat is considered safe, too – but you need to eat it in moderation since it is high in calories.
Refined breads, cereals, pasta, rice, and noodles are low in purines. They are commonly safe for gout. But still, eat them moderately! For best result, prioritize some carbohydrates rich in fiber such as whole grain or other complex carbs.
When it comes to the beverages for gout, there are still lots of choices. Just make sure your beverages are free of alcohol and low in fat! These include nonalcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, cocoa, low-fat milk, and so on.
What else you can still enjoy?
- Olive oil.
- Non-artificial sweeteners.
- Spice up with ginger and turmeric.
- Skinless poultry ‘in moderation’.
Vegetables are rich in fiber, great for your weight control. But there are also some veggies that should be restricted due to their purine-content.
These include spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, dried peas & beans, and mushrooms. Make sure to eat them not more than 0.5 cup a day!
Some fish (such as salmon) are reported contain some purines, but not in the high purine categories. Fish is great source of omega-3 fatty acids, too. For these reasons, it’s not bad idea to eat fish but don’t go too much! Eat them not more 6 ounces a day!
Bran, wheat germ, and oatmeal contain some purines, but not in the high-purines category.
How about wine? We know well that wine is alcoholic beverage. But in general, drinking wine in moderation is still allowed. However during flare-up, you doctor may ask you to avoid any alcoholic beverages, including wine.
Carbonated beverages are low in purines. However, they are rich in calories. Therefore, they are not categorized into list of recommended foods for gout. Like wine, you can still occasionally drink carbonated beverages and do it in moderation!
Others foods containing moderate amount of purines
- Meat soaps & broths.
But for your overall health, it is much better to avoid pork, beef, and lamb since they are high in saturated fats. And diet high in saturated fat can decrease the body’s ability in removing excess uric acid.
If necessary, avoid the following foods in your diet because they are very high in purines:
- Some fish and seafood are very high in purines. These include mussels, herring, sardine, scallops, mackerel, and anchovies.
- Other animal-protein foods such as mincemeat, partridge, game meats, brains, goose, heart, kidney, liver, and other organ meats. They are very high in saturated fats and cholesterol, too.
- Both yeast & yeast extract.
- Meat extracts & meat gravy.
- Beer! It is alcoholic beverage with the greater amount of purines.
- And rich-fructose beverages with HFCS ‘high-fructose corn syrup‘.