If you suffer from gout, diet foods’ ingredients can sometimes aggravate your condition and cause more pain. Gout is a form of rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by deposits of uric acid. Certain foods, especially purine rich foods, can increase uric acid levels to increase the severity of gout. Conversely, certain foods, like dairy products, can help lessen uric acid buildup to relieve pain.
If you have been diagnosed with gout, you may wonder which foods are safe for consumption and which will cause you more pain. This guide will take you through a list of foods to avoid when you have gout.
You Should Avoid: Protein-Based Purines
Foods with a high purine content increase your body’s production of uric acid, meaning there will be plenty of excess acid to build up in your joints and cause pain. Certain meats have very high purine content; these meats are:
- organs (brain, liver, heart, et cetera)
Many seafoods and seafood-based products contain purine such as:
You should also avoid any broth or other extracts made from these meats. Meats which have moderate purine content (poultry and other fish which have not already been listed above) should be consumed with caution and in moderation.
You Should Avoid: Vegetable-Based Purines
Dried beans and peas are the worst vegetables you can eat when suffering from gout, as they have the highest purine content among vegetables. You should also beware of legumes, spinach, and mushrooms, which are acceptable in moderation but will aggravate your condition if eaten in excess.
You Should Avoid: Yeasts
Both baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast contain high levels of purine, making yeast and yeast extracts like Vegemite foods to avoid. You should also steer clear of sweetbreads, as they have a high yeast content.
You Should Avoid: High-Fructose Food
Anything with high fructose corn syrup as a prominent ingredient, especially soft drinks, should be avoided. This includes jams, jellies, preserves, and syrups. People who don’t suffer from gout are up to 85 percent more likely to develop it if they have a high sugar intake.
You Should Avoid: Alcohol
Alcohol isn’t generally considered healthful (even if you don’t suffer from gout), but in gout sufferers it is definitely something to avoid. This applies especially to beer, as it contains brewer’s yeast as well as alcohol.
You Should Avoid: Iron Supplement
If your blood is too iron-rich, it can encourage uric acid buildup in your joints and worsen your gout symptoms. If you suffer from anemia as well as gout, you can ask a doctor about the ideal way to treat both symptoms so that curing one doesn’t aggravate the other.
You Should Be Careful Of: Vitamin C and Niacin
While there is no problem with vitamin C or niacin in small amounts, high doses of either may increase uric acid production and cause more buildup.
Unfortunately, the condition of gout has many limitations which may make meals a frustrating experience. The good news is that by knowing which foods to avoid, you can minimize pain and live as comfortably as possible.