What foods to avoid if you have gout

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Foods can trigger gout attacks, particularly in patients who are not on adequate medication therapy. Here are foods to avoid if you have gout:

• Alcohol (beer, hard liquor, and red wine)
• Yeast (Baker’s and Brewer’s)
• Certain meats (red meat, processed meat, turkey, goose)
• Organ meats (kidney, liver, sweetbread)
• Shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp, scallop, mussel)

• Certain fish (anchovy, sardine, herring, mackerel)
• Drinks, such as coffee, cocoa, tea (there's controversy about these!)
• Sauces,gravies
• Legumes and vegetables like peas, beans, cauliflower, asparagus, lentils, mushrooms, and spinach.

This latter group (the vegetables) is probably the least offensive of all the foods. While these vegetables contain purines, their ability to induce gout attacks is not nearly as great as that of other foods.

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