Uric Acid Free Diets

Overview

A diet that is free of uric acid is more commonly known as the "Gout Diet." Gout is a form of arthritis, caused when excessive levels of uric acid build up in the blood. Because of this acid build up, crystals sometimes form in the joints, causing pain and discomfort. Gout can be uncomfortable, painful and difficult to treat. It is important to avoid gout all together, rather than to try to treat the condition once it has begun.

Avoid High-Protein Meats

A general rule is that meats, which are high in protein, such as most meats, are high in uric acid. Instead, stick to fresh vegetables and fruit, which are healthy for you and packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Hamburgers, steaks and most cuts of beef are high in protein. Pork, fish and chicken can also be extremely high in protein, so be careful and eat smaller portions of these foods to stick to a low-protein diet.

Stick to Whole Grains

On your list of foods to avoid, add beans and peas. They are also high in protein and, therefore, high in uric acid. Keep your carbohydrates complex. That means you will need to eat plenty of whole grain foods, cereals, pastas and brown rice. Complex carbohydrates are an excellent source of healthy fiber. Additionally, they help to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol as well as improve overall digestion and elimination. Other good sources of complex carbohydrates include bran, wheat germ, barley, maize, buckwheat, cornmeal, oatmeal, potatoes, pasta, shredded wheat, corn, yam, oatcakes and high fiber breakfast cereals.

Healthy Protein

Make sure you are getting some protein in your diet by choosing the right foods. Incorporate healthy protein into your diet by eating plenty of mushrooms, spinach, asparagus and cauliflower. Try mixing these foods with healthy cuts of turkey and chicken. These foods are good sources of protein and do not improve your risk for developing gout. Making the right dietary choices when it comes to protein is important. When grocery shopping and planning your menus, choose foods such as eggs, peanuts or peanut butter, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, almonds, peanuts, cashews and tuna.

About this Author

Based in the Midwest, Beth Lytle has been writing professionally since 2008. Working as an editor and with recent work published on eHow, LiveStrong and the Bayer Aspirin website, Lytle is a self-made freelancer. Lytle writes health-related and home-improvement articles, first beginning her writing journey while attending writing workshops and classes during childhood. Lytle has owned transcription and commercial construction companies since 2006.

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