Weighing In: What foods should I avoid if I have gout?

by Heather Reese Patient Expert

Question: I suffer from gout, are there foods that I should avoid?

Heather Reese: The most effective treatment for gout is medication; however, avoiding foods high in purines may help prevent flare-ups and/or relieve your symptoms. Gout is a painful swelling in the feet that results from an increased level of uric acid in the blood. Foods that are high in purines are broken down by the body into uric acid. Try cutting out organ meats like liver, kidney and brains. Other foods that are high in purines include sweetbread, sardines, anchovies, herring, mackerel, scallops and wild game. You should also cut out alcohol because it dehydrates your body, which increases your uric acid levels. In addition to these diet changes, moderate weight loss can also alleviate gout.

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