Gout seems to be very popular here in Almerimar at the moment! I know 6 people that suffer from it on a regular basis, and as I drink with most of them on a regular basis I have a) learned more than I ever imagined I ever would about Gout and b) have convinced myself that it is only a matter of time ……
According to my friends Gout is extremely painful, and while it tends to most commonly effect the big toe, it is an inflammation of the joints caused by a build up of uric acid crystals so can effect other joints such as feet, ankles, knees and hands.
No avoiding the fact that it is men and obese people that suffer from it the most, and with attacks lasting for days or even months the food you eat can make a lot of difference.
So to help my friends I have done a little research and come up with these foods that are best avoided:
Seafood and Meat, especially during an attack, as animal foods are rich in purines, which your body coverts to uric acid. It is best to avoid tuna, anchovies and herring at all times, not just during an attack.
Beer (and cider) are really bad, as not only do they increase your uric acid level, they make it more difficult for your body to cleanse itself. Wine is better, but not the cheap stuff!
White meta tends to be OK, although ironically not turkey. So beef and pork are better than turkey or lamb, and if you do eat lamb chops are better than the leg. In addition to no turkey, goose and wild game should be kept to a minimum, so stick to chicken and duck. Interestingly leg is better than breast when it comes to chicken, and avoid the skin.
Avoid sugary drinks as the fructose increases the chances of gout as the sweeteners will stimulate the body to produce uric acid.
As for vegetables was surprised to read that asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms are higher in purines than other vegetables. They don’t seem to have the same effect as meat though so eaten in moderation are fine and of course a vegetable rich diet actually helps you clear purines from the body.
On food type to avoid all together are liver, kidneys and sweetbreads.
What you should do is eat more whole grains and fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and candy.
Some studies have shown that low-fat dairy products can help reduce the risk of gout.
Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body. Aim for 8 to 16 glasses a day. There’s also some evidence that drinking four to six cups of coffee a day lowers gout risk in men.
As a guide then:
Foods considered high in purine content include:
* Alcoholic beverages (all types)
* Some fish, seafood and shellfish, including anchovies, sardines, herring, mussels, codfish, scallops, trout and haddock
* Some meats, such as bacon, turkey, veal, venison and organ meats like liver
Foods considered moderate in purine content include:
* Meats such as beef, chicken, duck, pork and ham
* Crab, lobster, oysters and shrimp
* Vegetables and beans such as asparagus, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mushrooms and spinach