Gout causes inflammation and pain in the joints of the body. This condition is often cyclical, causing temporary “flare-ups” of pain in the big toe or other joints in the feet, ankles, or knees. Studies have shown that certain foods can trigger or worsen gout “attacks,” so knowing which foods you should minimize or avoid can help to improve your comfort and quality of life.
Some Seafood and Meats
Some animal products contain high levels of natural substances called purines. Purines are broken down in the body into uric acid when you digest them. Because gout attacks are caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, a low-purine diet can reduce pain and minimize the extent of a flare-up. Seafood options and meats that are high in purines include scallops, mackerel, herring, turkey, goose, and red meats.
Purines are not found solely in animal products—they are also found in produce. Some vegetables are particularly high in purines; these include asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, and mushrooms. However, vegetables contain lower amounts of purines than meats, and the body is more efficient at metabolizing and excreting vegetable-based purines. You can include these veggies in your diet as long as you don’t eat them every day.
For those with gout, beer can prompt and prolong painful flare-ups. Beer increases the levels of uric acids in your body as it is metabolized. The alcohol contained in beer also slows down your body’s ability to flush uric acid away. While some people with gout can enjoy an occasional beer without a flare-up, you should avoid drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages entirely during an attack.
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