How These Foods Can Cause a Gout Attack

Category: Healthy Diet
Most gout attacks are caused by eating a diet high in purines. When purines turn into uric acid they can cause damage and swelling to joints leading to great pain. Avoiding foods high in purines can help you prevent an acute attack.
by TerryHorner


Most gout attacks are caused by eating a diet high in purines. When purines turn into uric acid they can cause damage and swelling to joints leading to great pain. Avoiding foods high in purines can help you prevent an acute attack.

Bacon is a high purine food. This breakfast favorite can lead to an attack not only because of the high purines, but also because it is high in nitrates. The fact that bacon has lots of sodium doesn't help either because of dehydration. It is important to be properly hydrated in order to avoid gout.

Hot dogs, whether turkey, chicken, or beef can be very detrimental to your gout treatment efforts. All three of these meats are at least moderately high in purines. Hot dogs also contain organ parts. This is where the highest levels exist.

Venison and other game meats such as pheasant and grouse can be devastating to gout patients. They have very high levels of purines. Venison has higher levels of purines than beef.

You should eat turkey and chicken in small quantities. Some people can handle one or the other. Some can handle both foods, some can handle neither. If you like these foods test to see which your body can tolerate.

Certain fish and shellfish are not good at all for you if you are susceptible to gout. Salmon has high levels as does shrimp and crab. In fact, salmon has twice the levels as chicken. It is a shame salmon is bad for gout patients, as this otherwise excellent food has healthy doses of omega 3 oils that actually help in treating gout. I suggest you use supplements instead.

Alcoholic Beverages Alcohol is perhaps one of the most common causes of gout. Beer tends to cause more problems than wine. Beer contains almost 8 times as much purines as it does alcohol.

Peas/Lentils Legumes are not good for you to eat if you suffer from gout. Peas are slightly higher in purines than chicken, however black eye peas are considerably higher than chicken. Again, every one is different. Some can eat these foods without any trouble and some will suffer greatly for it.

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