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Can I eat Cheese with Gout?

Gout is a metabolic disease in which the body has difficulty processing urate salts, mainly affecting the kidneys and joints, which can turn it into a painful pathology. If you have been diagnosed with gout surely you already know that eating a diet low in uric acid is essential to prevent this disease from worsening and translating into discomfort and pain.

There are a number of foods to be avoided almost at all costs by people prone to gout, others that can be taken in moderation, and finally there are those that do not cause any problems.

In any case, there is a golden rule that we must establish as a reference: low in fat, low in sugars and low in purine-purines. If we follow it, we can control the disease. If we do not obey it, we run the risk of the disease becoming chronic, with unpleasant consequences for our quality of life.

Dairy products in general can be a good dietary reference for gout, as despite their high protein content, they are low in purines and sugars. Yoghurts, cheeses and milk are recommended, but it is better if they are lighter or skimmed.

But, through complex mechanisms, certain foods can trigger a gout attack, even though they do not in themselves produce uric acid. It is the case of foods rich in saturated fatty acids. Thus, cheese, sour cream with more than 15% fat, mayonnaise (and other industrial sauces), whole milk or butter should be avoided as much as possible to limit the risk of an attack. Most of all, it is preferable to limit the consumption of fermented cheeses, such as camembert or blue cheese.

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