Food is pretty central to life—and in more than just the obvious ways. Yes, you need food to live, but a significant amount of socializing centers around eating. Often people go out to eat with friends or host parties with food. Even many dates revolve around dinner. This can be tough when you have gout and you need to stick to a strict gout diet. There are foods that are safe for you, though.
Food is one of the main triggers for a gout flare-up because of how it aggravates the condition. The crystals that inflame your joints form when too much uric acid is in your blood stream. You get uric acid in your blood when your body breaks down the purines in your food. So eating foods that are high in purines will eventually trigger a gout attack. This doesn’t mean all food is bad, however.
There are plenty of foods that are safe for you to eat on a gout diet. These are things you should be using to replace high-purine foods in your meals. Here are a few things that are safe for you to keep on your menus at home, even when you’re on a strict gout diet:
- Limited meat – Most poultry and lean meats have moderate amounts of purines. So while you can still eat these meats, you should keep it to four to six ounces a day.
- Lots of water – Water keeps you hydrated and helps flush uric acid out of your blood.
- Beans, lentils, and legumes – These plant-based proteins make excellent and gout-friendly substitutions for meat.
- Low-fat dairy – Dairy without too much fat also contributes to your protein intake without the purines.
- Fruits and veggies – These are all-around healthy foods and give you plenty of vitamins and nutrients without the high purines.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C has shown to actually help reduce the likelihood of a gout attack.
- Cherries – Cherries have also been connected to a lower risk for gout attacks in some cases.
Of course, there may be other specific foods on your list once it’s been tailored for your lifestyle. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you plan out your safe gout diet. Ask us for more information through our online forms. You can also call or fax us: for the Chandler location, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.