What foods should I avoid if I have gout?

How to Avoid Gout AttacksCertain foods can contribute to a gout attack, so eating less of them—or cutting them from your diet altogether—can help prevent a painful gout flare-up. The uric acid that causes the painful problem comes from breaking down purines in foods. Some foods are high in these purines, while others are much lower. Avoiding the high-purine foods can help you control the condition and prevent repeat attacks.

Here are common high-purine foods to limit or avoid: meat, fatty fish, shellfish, saturated fats, alcohol, and high-fructose corn syrup. Try cutting back on the animal proteins you consume and supplementing your protein intake with plant-based foods, like legumes and beans. Stick to low-fat dairy products to limit your saturated fats. Drink water instead of alcohol, soda, or even fruit juices with added sugar. Also, eat more vegetables, whole grains, and regular fruits. If you’d like help establishing a gout-safe diet, contact us at Podiatry Associates, P.C. We’ll help you make a plan to manage your condition. Call (303) 805-5156 or use our online form to make an appointment with us.

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Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC