Gout attacks have been described as one of the most painful experience that anyone could endure. Fortunately, the attacks can be controlled by living a healthy life-style and alleviating foods that cause gout. The joints, tendons and other tissues of the body are affected by the medical condition. If left untreated, gout could lead to permanent tissue and/or organ damage.
Although this medical condition is more common in men over the age of 30, it also attacks women who are post- menopausal or hypertensive. The risks of developing gout are increased for those individuals who are overweight and drink alcohol excessively. Medical experts contend that these individuals are able to reduce their risks of developing the condition by eliminating foods that cause gout from their diet. Specifically, these foods are usually rich in the chemical called purines.
Briefly, gout is caused by high concentration of uric acid in the body called hyperuricemia. This buildup inevitably deposits urates (hard crystals) onto the joints. The uric acid buildup increases with the increased amount of purines in certain foods that you eat. Additionally, foods that are high in cholesterol and/or fats are also high in purine.
The kidney normally breaks down this chemical to flush it away from the body. Too much of it compromises the kidneys’ ability to do so; thereby developing gout. It is recommended that you follow a specific gout diet to alleviate gout attacks. Not only will you lower the risk of attacks, the diet will also help you loose weight.
A gout diet suggests that you do not eat foods that cause gout. Such foods are:
Red Meat and Fish
Canned liver, Anchovies, Mackerel, Sardines, Oysters, Mussels, Scallops
Fatty White Meats
Poultry and Pork
Spinach, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Asparagus
Dairy Product (high-fat)
Whole milk, Ice cream, Butter, Cheese