GOUT FAST FACT
40 percent of Americans don’t know that gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis.
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There is no regimented “gout diet”. However, gout patients should follow a healthy, balanced diet, taking into account the following guidelines and dietary requirements related to any other health conditions.
It is important to avoid purine-rich food and large amounts of foods with a moderate concentration of purine. A diet low in purine content can play an important role in managing gout because purine can increase the amount of uric acid in the body and may trigger a gout attack.
It is also advisable to reduce the amount of fructose in your diet, an ingredient found in sugar-sweetened soft drinks and other processed foods. Foods heavy in fructose are also commonly cited for their role in contributing to the obesity epidemic.
Build your diet on foods such as:
- Low-fat dairy products
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
Avoid crash diets as quick or extreme weight loss increases the amount of uric acid in the body.
High-purine foods to avoid:
- Grain alcohol
- Red meat
- Seafood, especially shellfish like shrimp and lobster
Source: Krause’s Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy, 2004
High-fructose foods to limit:
Fructose is a naturally occurring simple sugar found in fruit, vegetables and honey. There is a correlation between a diet high in fructose content and gout.
Moderate your consumption of high-fructose fruits to 1-2 cups per day, including
High-fructose foods to avoid:
- All sweetened soft drinks, juices and foods with added high-fructose corn syrup on the label, especially in sodas, enriched fruit drinks, many breakfast cereals, many store-bought baked goods, many ice creams and candy
- Processed foods such as those found at “fast food” restaurants
These guidelines may vary from those supplied by your physician or other healthcare professional and are not intended as a substitute for their advice.