Gout Diet

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Gout Diet Plan

Eating the right diet if you have gout will generally mean you will need to follow a low purine diet. A low purine diet or “gout diet” may see you limit meat, poultry and fish. Cut back on fatty foods, limit or avoid alcohol and choose complex carbohydrates. You may also need to choose low fat or no fat dairy products and increase your water intake. Purines occur naturally in your body, but also come from eating certain foods, such as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus, mushrooms and of course drinking beer in particular.

Gout is a painful form of Arthritis which has long been related with diet, predominantly excess meat, seafood and alcohol. Therefore, treatment used to consist of strict dietary restraints that made the diet hard to adhere to. Luckily, newer medications to treat Gout have reduced the need for a Stringent Gout Diet. Gout pops up when elevated levels of uric acid in your blood form crystals and gather around a joint. Your body manufactures uric acid when it breaks down purines. Purines occur naturally in your body but you also get them from eating certain foods, such as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms. The Diet is not a treatment for Gout, but may help you control your attacks. Gout diets resemble a simply healthy diet. Although eating foods rich in purines does contribute to the total amount of uric acid in the blood it is not the only cause.

Avoid Foods High in Purines.

Beer, anchovies, organ meat (brains, kidney, liver), game meats such as venison,  rich gravies, yeast, meat extracts, sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops are all high in purines so therefore these must be avoided.

Foods Helpful for Gout

Cherry juice or Tart Cherry Extract and strawberries have been found helpful. Some chemicals contained in Dark Berries may help reduce the inflammation and lower the uric acid.

  • Oily fish like salmon, or fatty acids in flax seed or olive oil or nuts may reduce inflammation too.
  • It is thought that tofu (from soybeans) instead of meat could also be helpful.
  • Eating more dairy products (regardless of fat content) helps decrease blood uric acid levels. Drinking skim or low-fat milk and eating foods made with them, such as yogurt, help reduce the risk of gout. Aim for adequate dairy intake of 16 to 24 fluid ounces (473 to 710 milliliters) daily.
  • Supplementation of 500 mg per day of Vitamin C may be helpful.
  • Fruit reduces risk of getting Gout
  • Cherries have been proven to help joint health and Gout.
  • A high intake of vegetable protein helps in Gout.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body. Aim for eight to 16 glasses a day.
  • Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and lollies.

Foods Low in Purines
Butter, Bread, Cheese Of All Kinds, Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Corn Bread, Eggs, Fats Of Any Kind, Fruits Of All Kinds, Fruit Juices, Gelatin, Jello, Macaroni, Milk, Noodles, Nuts Of All Kinds (Remember These Are High In Fat), Rice, Sugar, Sweets, Tapioca, Tea, Wheat Bread & Wheat Products.

Vegetables Low in Purines
Artichokes, Beets, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Kohrabi, Lettuce, Okra, Parnsips, Potato, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Sauerkraut, String Beans, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnips.

Sample Menu – Gout Diet

Breakfast

  • Bran Bread sandwich
  • Fresh fruit juice
  • Cornflakes
  • Skimmed milk
  • Yogurt

Lunch

  • Salad with green vegetables and fruits
  • slice of ham in a sandwich with Peanut butter
  • Baked potatoes
  • Fruits

Dinner

  • Baked white fish
  • Sauteed vegetables
  • Plain white rice
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Lean meat

 Please note this is a sample diet for informational purposes only, please consult your doctor or physician before changing or commencing any diet plan.

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