Gout Dietary Recommendations
Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in your body, and especially your joints.
Uric acid is formed from a group of chemicals call "purines" which are part of DNA and RNA.
Controlling gout means controlling the levels of uric acid in your body.
To control uric acid, you need to eat fewer purines, discourage the production of uric acid and encourage the removal of uric acid from your body.
Foods to Avoid
- Some fish:
- Mackerel, anchovies, herring, sardines, haddock, salmon, cod, trout, shellfish, fish eggs, mussels, clams and scallops
- Caffeinated coffee, tea, soft drinks
- NONE whatsoever
- Red meat:
- Small amounts are OK, lare amounts are NOT
- Other meats:
- Goose, mincemeat, partridge, grouse, bacon, turkey, veal, venison, mutton
- Organ meats:
- Liver, kidneys, tripe, sweatbreads, tongue, brains, heart
- Some fish:
- Bouillon, consomme', broth, gravy, yeast and yeast extract
You are encouraged to:
- Lose Weight:
- This can be VERY helpful in the long-term to control GOUT
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
- In acute attack:
- Eat cheese, milk, eggs and low purine vegetables
- Cherries help rid the body of uric acid. Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and watermelon can be helpful
- Most, except those on the list above