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Gout Diet?

Gout diet is a diet which is really easy to follow. But first, let’s make sure we all know what gout is… Gout is a form of arthritis that affects men in particular and causes attacks of joint pain. Gout is caused by an abnormally high level of uric acid in the blood. This is called hyperuricemia.

Uric acid is a waste product that the metabolism normally produces in reasonable quantities. When there is a surplus, uric acid is deposited “drop by drop” in the body in the form of crystals, particularly in the joints. These deposits then trigger inflammatory reactions that cause pain. Uric acid is the end product of purine degradation.

While 60% of purines come from dead cells, 35% come from food. There is a strong link between insulin resistance, purine-rich foods, hyperuricemia and gout attacks.

The special diet for gout is not a miracle solution and does not dispense with treatment, but it can improve daily life by controlling gout attacks. The  gout friendly diet is low in purines and aims to reduce the level of uric acid to alleviate the attacks of joint pain.

The gout diet aims to:

  • Decrease consumption of purine-rich foods to lower uric acid levels
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Prevent gout attacks

The main points of the special gout diet are:

  • Reduce the consumption of foods rich in purines in favor of foods low in purines
  • Fill up on vitamin C
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid saturated fats
  • Limit alcohol consumption

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What can I not eat and drink when I have gout?

As part of the special gout diet, it is advisable to avoid or greatly reduce consumption of purine-rich foods, because they raise uric acid levels . In general, red meat, fish and seafood are associated with an increased risk of gout. It is also advisable to avoid strong alcohol, beer and sweetened sodas when you have gout. Read more: What can I not eat and drink when I have gout?

What can I eat when I have gout?

Eat foods that are low in purines. For example: dairy products, vegetables  (carrots, lettuce, leeks, zucchini,...), fruits (lemon, orange, cherry, grapefruit, pineapples, strawberries....), cereals (wheat, rice, oats,...), starches (potatoes, tapioca.,...). Pulses (beans, soybeans, chickpeas, peas, ...) can also be eaten, but with moderation, they have an intermediate purine content.Read more: What can I eat when I have gout?

What vegetables should I not eat if I have gout?

There are some vegetables to avoid with gout: mushrooms, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, asparagus, rhubarb, sorrel,... They are all vegetables that should be avoid if you have gout because they are foods which are rich in substances that are broken down into uric acid by the body.Read more: What vegetables should I not eat if I have gout?

What fruits should I not eat if I have gout?

You can eat all kind of fruits! Most are low in purines, but even the ones that are higher have not been shown to affect gout symptoms. And the benefits are worthwhile.Read more: What fruits should I not eat if I have gout?

Can I eat cheese with gout?

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. Read more: Can I eat cheese with gout?

What are the 10 foods that trigger gout?

  1. Red meat
  2. Fish
  3. Seafood
  4. Alcohol
  5. Caffeine
  6. Guts
  7. Fried food
  8. Rich salsas
  9. Soft Drinks
  10. Fruit juices
Read more: What are the 10 foods that trigger gout?

What foods help clear up gout?

  • Fruits, especially red fruits such as strawberries, blueberries or cherries. Citrus fruits, including lemon, oranges, tangerines or grapefruit, all with a high alkalizing power, favorable to the reduction of uric acid. Grapes, apples and bananas are also among the fruits to be included in a diet to combat gouty arthritis.
  • Milk and dairy products, preferably with low fat content.
  • Nuts such as walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts.
  • Some vegetables, especially celery, potatoes, turnips, carrots, lettuce, leeks, zucchini,...
Read more: What foods help clear up gout?

What foods to avoid if you got gout?

  • Red meat and offal due to their high purine content.
  • Shellfish, crustaceans and mollusks: shrimp, crayfish, clams, oysters, sea or river crabs.
  • Blue fish: sardines, anchovies, tuna... in spite of their multiple benefits due to their Omega 3 content, they can increase uric acid.
  • Stimulating drinks (cola, coffee...) and especially alcoholic beverages, including beer which, although it has a low alcohol content, its hops content makes it not advisable (as well as the intake of foods containing brewer's yeast).
  • Asparagus, mushrooms and some leafy vegetables such as spinach or chard should also be taken in moderation (or eliminated from the diet depending on the level of intensity of the disease).
  • Moderate consumption of cereals.
Read more: What foods to avoid if you got gout?

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