Foods that are high in chemicals called purines contribute to gout flare-ups and really should be avoided. These include most types of game or red meats, as well as bacon, pork, and lamb. Organ meats like liver and kidneys have a high purine content as well. Shellfish, seafood like scallops, and a few fish (herring, sardines, anchovies, and mackerel) should also be avoided as a general rule. High-fat foods and things containing added sugar may trigger gout. This is especially true for drinks, so you should generally avoid soda and sugary juices. Alcohol is another serious trigger.
Instead, stick to eating small quantities of lean meat or poultry, and fill up on fruits and veggies. Beans and legumes make good alternate sources of protein. Low-fat dairy products and high-fiber foods are also good for a gout diet. If you need more help establishing a comprehensive plan for managing gout, let us know at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can call or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler, or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert. You can also use our online contact forms.