If you’ve got gout, you’re not alone. You don’t have to be “old” to have this condition, although we most often hear about it in people with some chronological achievement under their belts. The truth is gout is caused from uric acid that crystallizes and collects in the joints. The crystallized uric acid often gathers in the joints of the feet, ankles and even knees, and can make it extremely painful to walk.
Foods that are high in purines can cause your gout to flare, so avoiding them as much as possible can help you to control your symptoms and help you to ease the pain during a flare.
Beef and beer
Unfortunately, many gout sufferers tend to be fond of beef and beer, but the simple things they love may be causing an increase in their uric acid and making their gout symptoms flare up. You may need to choose one, or both during a flare, to give up. Once you have things under control, enjoy these delights in extreme moderation is likely going to be okay.
Fish and veggies?
Yes, believe it or not, there are some types of seafood and vegetables that are high in purines, but that doesn’t mean they are all going to affect you in the same way. Veggies such as spinach, asparagus and mushrooms tend to be high in purines, but it’s not an excuse not to eat them because this produce might not affect your gout in the way you think.
Fish, however, might be a different story. Many different types of fish tend to be high in purines, like the oily kinds, so stay away from herring, mussels, codfish, anchovies, haddock, and mackerel to name a few. Go ahead and enjoy salmon, though, because it appears that this fish is on the healthy list.
Fruits high in fructose
Yes, consuming fruit for your sweet treat is usually much better than other types of sugar, but in the case of gout you should limit your fructose intake. So, cut out those apples, peaches, pears, plums, dates and grapes. Yes, it is all the delightfully sweet ones, but when you’re working to manage pain, eliminating them can go a long way.
This one is a little crazy, but it might make sense: if you’re suffering from a flare or working to control your gout symptoms, then eliminating all full or high fat dairy products is essential, but if you’re trying to balance your diet and prevent another flare, then incorporating low fat dairy products can help tremendously.
It may seem as if you’re stuck with an extremely restrictive diet, but over time, you can reduce your chances for flare ups, and enjoy many of these foods – with extreme caution.