Gout Foods to Avoid List (What Is Safe to Eat)

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Some veggies

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!

Animal-protein products

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

  1. Shellfish.
  2. Meat soaps & broths.
  3. Lamb.
  4. Beef.
  5. Pork.

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:

  1. Some fish and seafood are very high in purines. These include mussels, herring, sardine, scallops, mackerel, and anchovies.
  2. 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.
  3. Both yeast & yeast extract.
  4. Meat extracts & meat gravy.
  5. Beer! It is alcoholic beverage with the greater amount of purines.
  6. And rich-fructose beverages with HFCS ‘high-fructose corn syrup‘.

Again, dietary uric acid is not the single issue you need to concern. Since gout is an inflammatory disease, it’s also important to restrict your diet from foods that can promote inflammation.

Citations /references:

  1. http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1104a.shtml
  2. http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=213316
  3. https://dcc2.bumc.bu.edu/goutstudy/PurineContent.aspx

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