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Diet for Gout Patients – Know What to Avoid

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It is vital that you know what foods cause the gout to inflame and become painful. Sticking to the proper diet for gout patients will assist in minimizing the onset of an extremely painful episode of gout inflammation. Knowing what is in the foods that you eat is important, avoiding foods that are known to cause gout to become aggravated is also vital to keeping your experiences with gout to a minimum.

Excessive amounts of uric acid within the blood stream is the cause for Gout, an extremely painful type of arthritis. Inside of the cartilage tissues deposits are formed that resemble crystals. They usually make their home in and around the joints. The deposits will cause severe discomfort and pain at the joint that is affected.

The most common locations for gout to be is the big toe, fingers, elbows, wrists, knee, heels and ankles. Generally, the big toe is the first location the gout begins to cause the pain. However, it can and does spread to the other joints within the body.

Foods that contain purines can increase the production of the uric acids that will lead to the formation of the crystal deposits. This makes the elimination of purines and purine rich foods vital to maintaining your condition and being able to live with limited discomfort from gout. However, alkaline and neutral foods can successfully eliminate the uric acid with the kidneys.

There are some foods that can be eaten on a regular basis without having are negative response from the gout. These do not contain purine and are alkaline-forming neutral foods.  Among these foods are sour dairy products, whole sesame seeds, egg yolks, egg plant, tofu, cucumbers, onions, cherries, almonds, sweet tomatoes, fresh coconut, sweet corn, turnips, ginger, broccoli, fresh green beans, fresh peas, leafy green lettuce, pears, grapefruit, bananas, alfalfa, apricots, apples, seedless grapes, water cress, parsley, papaya, mango, lime, dried dates, dried figs, cantaloupes and watermelon.

There are also some foods that are enjoyed by many that must be only consumed in moderation and occasionally by an individual that suffers from gout. These are considered to be low purine foods. Here are some of the foods that are low in purines and can be allowed in the diet for a gout patient on a minimal basis.

Some of these foods you might feel you can not go without, therefore in moderation you should be able to include them. Groundnut, sesame, safflower, olive, flax, corn, canola, avocado oils, dairy products (processed), peanuts, nutmeg, whey, milk, mild cheeses, salted butter, fresh cream, egg whites, walnuts, seeds, homogenized low fat milk, pasteurized honey, refined grains, plain popcorn, lentils, fructose and syrups.

The next list might be among the hardest for you to adjust to. There are some foods that are absolutely necessary to keep completely out of the diet for a gout patient. These foods are the ones that have elevated amounts of purines and proteins.

The foods that you will be saying goodbye to are going to be soy beans, lima beans, chick peas, black beans, vinegar, pasta, noodles, venison, shrimp, chicken, lobster, pork, fish, clams, carp, beef, pecans, peanuts, peanut butter, cashews, wheat, rice, cranberries, and rye.

You will also be required to avoid foods that are known to form acid. For example, all alcoholic beverages, tobacco, table salt, custard, artificial sweeteners, tapioca, sauces, cakes, ketchup, pickles, processed syrups, colas and fruit juices that are packaged. You should discuss in depth the exact foods that you will need to avoid with your nutritionist of medical care provider.

To sum up this article a little for you, here is a list of foods that should be limited in the diet for a gout patient. For a custom diet you should consult with a nutritionist.

  • Dry fruits
  • Caffeine (this includes decaf coffee as it still contains limited amounts of caffeine)
  • All colas
  • All fatty foods (cookies, cakes, etc.)
  • Fried foods
  • Processed meats
  • Red meats
  • Seafood
  • Spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower
  • Anchovies
  • Alcoholic beverages, this includes wines

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