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A List of Foods That Cause Gout


Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that usually forms around the big toes of middle aged men but can also appear around other joins of the body and can actually affect women in the same way. In this article we are going to talk about the main food types that affect gout flare up and tell you why you should always avoid these foods.

Red Meat

Red meat is probably the biggest culprit when it comes to gout attacks. If you are looking to stay gout free or if you are simply looking to cure gout then you need to keep red meat out of your diet. The reason for this is that red meant contains a lot of purine which is then converted into uric acid in the body when then, in turn, causes gout. Chicken is a better alternative if you must eat meat but tofu would be even better than that.


Eating seafood also will have you limping with painful gout symptoms if you are prone to gout. Seafood, as with red meat, contains high levels of purine which will then convert to uric acid. Avoid all forms of seafood if you want to conquer gout.


Yeast is in a lot of foods that we eat or drink. Foods such as bread and alcoholic beer should be avoided due to their high yeast count. Yeast contains high levels of purine as well as red meat and seafood.

As a stark contrast to what has been said about red meat and seafood, dairy produce such as skimmed milk and cheese will actually help you to fight gout. The important thing to remember with dairy is that it can be very fattening and if you put on weight you will be more prone to gout. Moderation is the key with dairy produce.

Yet another excellent way to combat gout is to take 1,500mg – 2,000mg of vitamin C daily. High levels of this powerful antioxidant supplement have been proven to reduce uric acid levels in the body and can aid you great in getting rid of your pain. In a 2009 study people who were commonly effected by gout were given 2 different doses of vitamin C on a daily basis. The group taking in excess of 1.5g of vitamin C daily had a 40% less chance of attracting gout while the group taking the smaller doses of vitamin C got gout attacks for the most part.

Source by Fergal Downes

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