Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Food diet for gout patients

Gout is a type of arthritis. It occurs when high levels of uric acid cause crystals to form in body joints and soft tissues, leading to inflammation, pain and swelling.

Diet plays an important role in both causing gout and reducing the likelihood of suffering further painful attacks of gout. If the person already suffer from gout, eating a diet that is rich in purines can result in a five-fold increase in gout attacks.

High dairy intake and coffee consumption may lower gout risk. Vegetable intake, regardless of purine content, may help remove uric acid from the body whereas fat intake, regardless of purine acid content, may increase uric acid secretion.

According to the American Medical Association, purine-containing foods to be avoided include:
•Offal- liver and kidneys, heart and sweetbreads
•Game- pheasant, rabbit, venison
•Oily fish- anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines, sprats, whitebait, trout
•Seafood- especially mussels, crab, shrimps and other shellfish, fish roe, caviar
•Meat and Yeast Extracts - Marmite, Bovril, commercial gravy as well as beer

Other foods to avoid:
High fat foods such as cream sauses, fried foods and foods containing trans fat (partically hydrogenated vegetable oils) Avoiding purine-rich foods is only one aspect of tr eatment, drink plenty of fluids/water, exercise and maintain a healthy body weight.
Food diet for gout patients
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