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What foods should I avoid if I have gout?

Ozgen Dogan
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Gout is a form of arthritis. It occurs when high levels of uric acid in the blood cause crystals to form and collect around the joints. Certain foods like organ and red meat, fatty fish and seafood (shrimp, lobster, scallops, etc.) can lead to the production of uric acid. It's better to get your proteins from plant-based foods like beans and legumes.
James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
People with gout should avoid eating foods with high purine content. These foods include:
  • anchovies
  • bouillon
  • brains
  • broth
  • consommé
  • goose
  • gravy
  • heart
  • herring
  • kidney
  • lentils
  • liver
  • mackerel
  • meat extracts
  • mincemeat
  • mussels
  • partridge
  • roe
  • sardines
  • scallops
  • sweetbreads
  • yeast
People with gout should limit themselves to no more than one serving per day of foods with moderate purine content.. (A serving is 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of meat or fish or one-half cup of vegetables.) These foods include:
  • asparagus
  • beans
  • cauliflower
  • fish
  • meat
  • mushrooms
  • oatmeal
  • dried peas
  • poultry
  • shellfish
  • spinach

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