Foods That Do and Do Not Lead to Gout
High-Purine Meat and SeafoodBased on this study, meat and seafood high in purines can increase the risk of developing gout. This includes the following foods:
- Some types of fish and shellfish, such as:
- Organ meats, such as:
- Sweetbreads (thymus and pancreas)
Foods That Do Not Cause GoutBased on this study, foods that do not cause gout even though they have a moderate purine content include:
- Vegetables, such as:
- Green Peas.
- Dried beans.
Low-Purine Foods -- Including DairyThere are also a number of foods that have low purine content and would not be expected to cause gout. Included in this group are low-fat dairy products. Low fat dairy products have less than 3 grams of fat per serving. As we mentioned above, increasing the amount of low-fat dairy actually decreases the risk of developing gout. Some examples of low-fat dairy products include:
- Low-fat/non-fat yogurt
- Low-fat/non-fat frozen yogurt
- Low-fat/non-fat cream cheese
- Part skin ricotta cheese
- Low-fat/non-fat sour cream
- Non-fat (skim) or 1 percent milk
- Low-fat/non-fat cottage cheese.
Other products low in purines include:
- Breads, cereals, noodles, and rice
- Certain high-protein foods, such as:
- Peanut butter.
- Vegetables, except for the ones listed above
- Fruits, including fruit juices.