Eating With Gout: Diet Foods To Avoid

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:

  • goose
  • partridge
  • organs (brain, liver, heart, et cetera)

Many seafoods and seafood-based products contain purine such as:

  • caviar
  • anchovies
  • herring
  • sardines
  • mackerel
  • shrimp
  • scallops

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.


About Author

Posts By Sequoia
  • barry thomas

    hi i suffer from gout at just 31 and this information will be very helpfull in avoiding further attacks

  • R.Stringer

    How about clams?

  • Donis Fylaktou

    Here is my story. It was the middle of the night. I opened my eyes and was awakened by
    earth shattering pain. My big toe was throbbing. In fact it felt like a towering inferno.
    I turned on the light and was startled to see that my great toe was 3 times its normal size.
    It was bright red and red hot, just like a firecracker and the pain was the most severe that
    I’ve ever experienced by far.
    The suffering that I had to endure was almost unbelievable.
    That was over ten years ago. At the beginning I was having attacks
    every 6 months. Then gradually I was getting them every 3 months, then every month and
    every week.It started at my big toe and then it was moving sometimes in my knees,and
    all around my joints, in my feet.And the pain was agonising.
    I have tried all the cures you can imagine.I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but
    to no avail.
    I tried water fasting, juice fasting,baking soda, again without success.
    I almost gave up meat, limiting it to only once a week ,gave up alcohol completely,again
    no success.
    I was living on vegetables, lots and lots of fresh fruit, milk ,cheese beans and so on .My
    eating habits
    could not be healthier ,or so I thought.But my gout was worsening.
    Then I decided to increase the amount of fruit I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit
    is healthy, more
    fruit will be more healthy.Some days I was eating fruit only ,others over 10 portions a day.
    And alas my gout instead of improving it became chronic ,it was there all the time.
    I was desperate I did not know what to do.And then one day accidentally I read an article
    about fructose,
    which is contained in fruit in large quantities.It said that it increases uric acid, in a matter
    of minutes.
    Fructose is also present in table sugar, and in HFCS, which is used in soft drinks.
    I put two and two together and realised what I was doing wrong.
    I stopped eating fruit and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks,and by magic I saw a
    improvement.Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine.
    I re introduced fruit again in my diet but reducing them to 1 or 2 a day, and my gout almost
    I do eat more meat now, and occasionally have an alcoholic drink, and thank God everything
    seems to be fine.
    Fructose was my enemy.