Foods to Avoid With Gout

Gout is a condition characterized by high levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of purines, and approximately 50 percent of the uric acid the body produces comes from the breakdown of food products. Some foods have a higher purine content than others; therefore, if you have gout, some foods should be avoided.
Based on clinical research, some foods to avoid with gout include anchovies, mussels, herring, and trout, as well as certain organ meats, like liver and kidneys. Foods that have a low purine content and that can be safely consumed include eggs, nuts, nonfat diary products, and most vegetables and fruits.
Keep in mind that just because a food has a high or low purine content, this does not mean it necessarily will cause gout or prevent an attack, respectively. Your best bet is to follow the eating guidelines given to you by your healthcare provider.
(Click Foods That Cause Gout to learn more about which foods to avoid, which ones are considered "safe," and what the research says on this topic.)
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