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The Best Diet for Gout? | Cure Gout Now

The Best Diet for Gout?

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The best diets for gout are those that can trim your waistline while keeping in mind that there are some foods that you must eat and others that you must avoid to help prevent a gout attack.  You will need to dedicate yourself to gout “friendly” foods in portions that will allow you to shrink your waistline as well as build in enough time for the appropriate levels of activity.

The best diets for gout feature foods that are generally low in purines as these foods raise the body’s uric acid levels which can lead to a painful gout attack.  Eating foods containing purines, as well as drinking excessive alcohol can cause uric acid to build up in the joints. Beer, specifically, is considered to be among the worst food choices for gout sufferers. 

If you want to make sure that you’re following the ‘best’ diet for gout, then try putting the following tips into action:

• Make sure that you drink between two and three liters (around eight - 10 8-ounce glasses) of water every day.  This is vital for diluting the uric acids that have been produced in your body and encouraging quicker elimination.

• Limit your intake of fat and fatty foods as they can encourage uric acid production in your body.  Also this will help with weight loss.

•  As already mentioned, it is important to avoid eating foods that are high in purine.

• Aim to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  This will decrease your risk of a gout attack, make it easier to exercise, and give you more energy overall.

• Avoid fad diets and those that are high in protein, particularly animal protein.  A high-protein diet can aggravate symptoms of gout. 

• Low-fat dairy products and tofu are good substitutes for the nutrients you usually receive from meats and full fat dairy products.

Of course, after hearing about eating “low purines” so often in order to prevent gout, you might be wondering exactly what these mysterious purines are, and how to cut them from your diet.

Generally speaking, foods that are high in purines are organ meats, fatty meats, and shellfish.  Specifically, foods very high in purines include sardines, mussels, sweetbreads, and yeast.  More foods that are also high in purines are mutton, anchovies, bacon, scallops, and pheasant. 

On the other hands, foods that are considered to be low in purines, and therefore are good to include in gout diet are: fruits, low fat dairy products, eggs and green vegetables. These also have the added benefit of being foods low in fat, with the exception of eggs. However, you can’t live off these ingredients alone. 

A well balanced diet for gout sufferers should be low in saturated fats and higher in complex carbohydrates, which are useful for gout prevention and give you a feeling of “fullness”.  They can also be good for keeping your body weight down as long as you watch your portion sizes. Even better, they’re generally high in minerals, vitamins, and fiber.

Add foods such as cereals, rice, and pasta to your gout diet, and include foods with unsaturated fats that may be good for your uric acid levels. Unsaturated fats can be found in olive oil, nuts and avocados. 

Now that you understand what goes into the best diets for gout, you’re ready to create your own and get it started.

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10 Responses

  1. Joe
    September 11th, 2008 | 6:28 pm

    I find your e-mails very informing and helpful. Keep up the good work. Joe

  2. andy
    September 11th, 2008 | 7:07 pm

    Is joint juice recommended for gout?

  3. james lingefelt
    September 11th, 2008 | 7:32 pm

    sounds good to me

  4. September 12th, 2008 | 3:30 am

    Dear Lisa,

    Some people like me cannot handle a high carb diet–altho I love and crave it. I try to eat smaller portions of lean meats, hard cheeses, low-fat eggs, and occasional sardines and salmon. My level is still high at 8, but thisis due to the lasix water pill. I keep the gout attacks at ay by eating dark cherries and drinking conscentrated cherry juice. so far, so good.

    Micki Peluso

  5. fructuoso cana
    September 12th, 2008 | 8:52 am

    Dear Madam Lisa,
    Thank you for the free emails I received I really appreciate it, meanwhile what are the benefits in eating cucumber/ I have read that these food prevents joint pains. May I know your opinion? Again thank you and best regards.

  6. September 12th, 2008 | 6:43 pm

    Dear Lisa,
    have tried all the remedies, changed all diet for my wife as recommended by you and others, but to no avail. The gout attacks my wife has, have been horrendous, due to her kidneys failing, the acid build up has been very severe. doctor put her on cochicine, which worked if you take double the normal dose,but not recommended. Health resources product ALKALINE BODY BALANCE has worked miracles, we both highly recommend it. Another all natural product and reasonably cheap in 3 months supply but carriage to UK plus EU import charges and handling charges push up the price, but still cheaper than some of the diet foods. best regards to all, Paul de-Valmency.

  7. pradip ray
    September 13th, 2008 | 6:15 pm

    hi lisa,

    could u possibly suggest if tomato, beans,baby corns,lady’s finger,brinjol,capsicum, whiskey/vodka (2-3 pegs per week may be) r allowed? i am having a levelof 7.5-8.0 for the last 9 monthr . No medicines at the moment. wlking 45 mins;yoga 30 mins; i’m 59.

  8. jason
    September 14th, 2008 | 8:19 am

    Dear Lisa
    thanks for the email ive had bad gout for the past 4 year almost all the time on and off i have tried all the pills and doctors cant understand why i have it so bad im only 37 years old and i dont drink at all and i try to eat the right things im about to buy your book and try it out thanks again for the emails and keep up the good work Jason

  9. Anjoula
    September 14th, 2008 | 9:03 pm

    plz i would like to know Why fat worsens Gout and also Why high CHO diet is good .i’ve been told that high CHO intake makes acids in the body furthermore it could delays uric acid excretion, would you plz clarify a little bit these two concepts i feel a little confused.
    by the way my dad has gout and his gout attacks are not much frequent any more after following your advices thank you

  10. September 19th, 2008 | 9:30 am

    Hi Andy -

    It looks like the main ingredient for Joint Juice is Glucosamine.

    I had a look around for a reputable source to answer your question and here is what the Mayo Clinic had to say.

    “Glucosamine is made synthetically or from the outer shells (exoskeletons) of shellfish — not the shellfish meat. Because glucosamine doesn’t contain purines or proteins, it shouldn’t increase uric acid levels. However, there’s also no good evidence that glucosamine helps prevent or treat gout.”


    Fructuoso -

    I have seen reports that “Sea Cucumbers” can help with joint pain - But gout is a specific form of arthritis developed when uric acid crystallizes into the joints… So decreasing uric acid levels should be the first thing you should look to do.

    Sea Cucumbers themselves are relatives sea urchins and starfish.

    In Chinese medicine they are used to treat treat arthritis pain and chronic joint pain and have received support from clinical trials conducted in China.

    hi lisa,

    could u possibly suggest if tomato, beans,baby corns,lady’s finger,brinjol,capsicum, whiskey/vodka (2-3 pegs per week may be) r allowed? i am having a levelof 7.5-8.0 for the last 9 monthr . No medicines at the moment. wlking 45 mins;yoga 30 mins; i’m 59.

    Hi Pradip -

    Here is a short list of foods…


    Hello Anjoula -

    One of the best recent studies carried out on the link between food, lifestyle and gout is summarized here - The study follwed the dietary habits of 50000 men and the risk of them getting gout.


    And you can see more details of the study here:


    Here is an extract:

    “The study results confirmed that consumption of meat - particularly beef, pork and lamb - significantly increases the risk of gout and that consumption of all types of seafood tended to carry an even higher risk. Notably, no increased risk was seen with consumption of purine-rich vegetables - which include peas, beans, mushrooms, cauliflower and spinach - or with overall protein intake. The study actually found a potential protective effect from vegetable and dairy proteins. The protective impact of dairy products had been suggested by an earlier study finding that a dairy-free diet could increase uric acid in the blood, and the current report confirmed that increased consumption of low-fat dairy products significantly reduced the risk of gout.”

    It is the amount of purine rich animal meat that is generally in a low carb diet that triggers gout problems due to the high purine content and their gout inducing effects… Once the uric acid levels in the diet have been reduced and the body has regained balance, even slower excretion of uric acid caused by other dietary choices does not tend to be a problem on a day-to-day basis.

    So, the key of course is to get the uric acid levels down to a healthy position, and one way of doing this is to avoid animal meats, seafood and other trigger foods, and eat foods and make relevant lifestyle changes that that encourage uric acid disposal.

    I hope this helps.


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