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Common Gout-Causing Foods to Avoid

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According to the leading provider of in-home senior care in Oklahoma, gout is a common and painful type of arthritis caused by crystals forming around a joint. These crystals develop when high levels of uric acid are present in the blood. While uric acid is produced to break down a naturally occurring chemical called purine, certain foods are high also in purine.

Health Magazine, the Mayo Clinic, and the Arthritis Foundation all agree that the following list of foods high in purine are best avoided during gout flare-ups and severely limited in order to prevent flare-ups from occurring in the first place:

  • Seafood (especially herring, tuna, anchovies, mackerel, haddock, trout, shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops, and mussels)
  • Meat (lean white meat is preferred over red meat and other fatty white meats like turkey, goose, and lamb)
  • All organ meats (liver, kidneys, tongue, sweetbreads)
  • High-fat dairy products
  • Beer and other forms of distilled alcohol
  • Sugary drinks (especially those sweetened with high-fructose syrup)
  • Refined carbohydrates (white rice, pasta, sugar, white bread, cakes, and candy)
  • Processed foods (chips, snack foods, frozen dinners)
  • Some vegetables (asparagus, cauliflower, and spinach)
  • Mushrooms

Always consult with a physician and/or dietician when planning a diet aimed at gout prevention and mitigation, especially when taking prescription and over-the-counter medications or afflicted by other ailments like diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease.

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