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7 Troublesome Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

You can avoid a gout attack by staying away from foods high in purine. Stay away from seafood like sardines, anchovies, tuna, and haddock. Organ meats like kidney and liver are high in purine. Red meats such as pork and beef are also bad news. If you drink alcohol, ditch the beer and limit other kinds of booze. Anything with high-fructose corn syrup can also your risk of gout pain. These include sugary drinks, candy, and white bread.

Gout is a type of arthritis that is complicated and painful. It’s caused by high levels of uric acid, a compound that your body makes while breaking down purine. Thankfully, you can prevent pain by avoiding purine-rich foods! Skip these seven foods and drinks if you have gout.

7 Foods To Avoid

1. Seafood

 Avoid Seafood If You Have Gout

Avoid eating seafood that’s high in purine. Examples include sardines, anchovies, mussels, scallops, tuna, haddock, and mackerel.1 They can increase gout risk by 50%, so it’s a good idea to avoid them if you already have it.2

2. Organ Meats

Organ Meat: 7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Avoid eating liver, kidney, and sweetbreads. These are high in purine and can make your uric acid levels spike.3 In fact, organ meats can increase the risk of a gout attack by five times.4

3. Red Meat

Red Meat: 7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Don’t just focus on organ meats. Red meat is also full of purine and can up your risk for gout pain.5 Examples include beef, pork, and lamb.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol: 7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Drinking alcohol makes your body produce more uric acid.6 Beer has the biggest impact and should definitely be avoided.7 But if your doctor says it’s OK to drink, do be sure to ask what kind is the safest for you.

5. Sugary Drinks

Sugary Drinks: 7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Beverages that have been sweetened with fructose should also be avoided.8 This includes many of the “fruit” drinks that you see in the grocery. Instead, try to drink as much water as possible. It will decrease the chances of uric acid turning into the crystals that hurt your joints.9

6. Candy And Cakes

Cakes And Candies: 7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Sweet treats like candy, cakes, and other products full of high-fructose corn syrup should be avoided. This artificial sweetener has the ability to raise uric acid levels, making a gout attack more likely.10 Make sure to read labels carefully.

7. White Bread And Pasta

White Bread And Pasta: 7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

Like candy and sweetened drinks, many white breads and pastas are full of high-fructose corn syrup. So you should also avoid them! Keep in mind that wheat bread may have it, too. Your best bet is to eat whole grain bread instead.

If you have a hard time remembering these foods, make a list. Keep it on your phone so you always have it in hand. It will be useful whenever you’re eating out or grocery shopping.

References   [ + ]

1, 3, 6, 8. Gout, Mayo Clinic
2, 4, 5. The Best Diet Advice for Gout: Eat Less Meat, Arthritis Foundation
7. Choi, Hyon K., Karen Atkinson, Elizabeth W. Karlson, Walter Willett, and Gary Curhan. “Alcohol intake and risk of incident gout in men: a prospective study.” The Lancet 363.9417 (2004): 1277-1281.
9. Gout – Treatment, NHS Choices
10. Angelopoulos, Theodore J., Joshua Lowndes, Linda Zukley, Kathleen J. Melanson, Von Nguyen, Anik Huffman, and James M. Rippe. “The Effect of High-Fructose Corn Syrup Consumption on Triglycerides and Uric Acid.” The American Institute of Nutrition 139.6 (2009): 1242-1245.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.