5 Foods to Avoid When You Have Gout

We’ve talked about gout before on our blog at my website www.stopfeetpainfast.com, but is bears repeating:  you want to avoid gout by any means necessary.  Gout is extraordinarily painful, caused by inflammation in the joints due to a buildup of uric-acid crystals.  However, these dagger-sharp crystals can be avoided with a gout friendly diet, so if you already have gout or read the list below and see that your diet matches, make some changes pronto.

Here are 5 foods to avoid.

1.)    Herring, Tuna, Sardines and Anchovies:  avoid these at all costs, they are completely forbidden fruit to anyone suffering from gout.  As an alternative, shrimp, lobster and crab are relatively safe.

2.)    Beer:  beer increases your uric-acid level, and also makes it difficult for your body to clear that substance.  Try a small glass of wine instead, and reap the benefits of the antioxidants within.  However, if you are experiencing a flare up of gout, avoid all alcohol- it’s known to prolong the flare.

3.)    Turkey & Goose:  these meats are exceptionally high in purines, which break down into uric acid.  A much safer choice is free range chicken.

4.)    Sugary Drinks:  avoid sugary drinks for to keep gout at bay, as well as a host of other ailments that are tied to downing copious amounts of sugar.  A study found that men with high fructose consumption had a much higher risk of gout, and in 2010 that same research group reported that drinking sweetened drinks daily upped women’s risk of developing gout too.  Stay away from them- your waist and your joints will thank you.

5.)    Asparagus, Cauliflower, and Spinach:  these healthful powerhouses also pack in more purines than other vegetable.  However, they don’t seem to pack quite the purine punch that meats do, so feel free to include them in your diet, but within moderation.  Popeye-levels of consumption of spinach would be a no-no, for instance.

Add veggies to your diet and drink 12 to 16 cups of water daily to stay free and clear of gout.  Also make sure to include citrus fruits, as they are especially helpful in warding off gout.   Cherries are also a great choice, as they’ve long been touted as a preventative treatment for goutt by lowering uric acid.  A recent study in the prestigious medical journal Arthritis and Rheumatism lends new credence to this theory.

If you or a loved one has gout, you should see Dr. Anthony Weinert for an assessment. You may reach our Troy office at (248) 362–3338 or our Warren office at (586) 751-3338 or you may request an appointment online on our website.  You can also request a FREE copy of his book online.


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