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Which foods are most linked to gout?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Foods high in protein are often naturally high in purines. High-purine foods include:

  • organ meats such as liver, kidneys, sweetbreads;
  • certain seafood, such as mackerel, mussels, scallops, herring, sardines, and anchovies;
  • some vegetables, such as asparagus and dried peas and beans, as well as mushrooms;
  • meat-based broths or gravies.
Limiting the amount of high-purine foods you eat is one way to manage your risk of gout, as well as additional flare ups. Alcohol is also connected to gout, and should be limited;

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