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The Surprising Foods That Cause Gout

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4 Foods to Avoid and 3 Foods to Add to Your Diet for Healthy Joints

To prevent gout flares, you need to be mindful of what you eat. Certain foods can trigger a gout attack while others can help prevent it. Dietary tips for avoiding and adding foods to your diet are listed below.

Foods to avoid:

  • Red meat: Red meat contains high levels of purines that break down into uric acid, leading to gout flares. You don’t have to eliminate red meat from your diet completely but try to limit your consumption.
  • Organ meats: Organ meats such as liver, kidney, and sweetbreads are high in purines and should be avoided, if you are prone to gout attacks.
  • Seafood: Seafood such as trout, tuna, sardines, and anchovies are high in purines and can cause gout flares. If you enjoy seafood, try eating it in moderation or switching to low-purine options, like shrimp.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol not only dehydrates you but also increases the production of uric acid in your body, leading to gout attacks. Beer is especially problematic due to its high purine content.

Foods to Add:

  • Low-fat dairy products: Low-fat dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt can help reduce the risk of gout flares as they contain proteins that do not increase uric acid levels.
  • Plant-based proteins: Plant-based proteins like beans and lentils are low in purines and can be great alternatives for meat-based protein sources.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in purines and promote healthy joints by reducing inflammation in the body.

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