Food to Avoid Gout


Gout usually afflicts the feet, legs and knees of people with high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. But the most commonly attacked area is the big toe. It is an acute form of arthritis usually linked to poor diet and lack of physical activity. To diminish gout, put yourself on a strict diet.

Meat and Fish

Make sure your diet isn't high in purines. Lamb, pork and beef should be avoided, as well as meat extracts and gravies. "Organ meats," such as kidneys, liver or brains, are especially harmful. Also be sure to avoid certain seafood like sardines, anchovies, roe (fish eggs), mussels, codfish, herring, scallops, haddock and trout.


Do not drink beer if you are trying to avoid the gout as it increases your risk of the disease by almost 50 percent. In general, alcohol should be avoided.

Other Foods

Anything that isn't high in vitamin C can increase your risk. Stay away from are dried beans like peas and lentils, oatmeal, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, and mushrooms. Do not consume candy, soft drinks, syrup, fruit preserves like jam or jelly, or anything high in fructose corn syrup and sucrose if you have gout or want to avoid it.

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Ron Augustine is a rookie freelance writer and producer who has worked primarily in radio and print media for Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions, Relevant Magazine, WMBI Chicago and the Burnside Writers Collective. He graduated Moody College in 2007 with a degree in Communications.

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