3 Types of Foods to avoid with gout

Gout attacks are very painful.  If you’ve ever had one, you don’t need me telling you this, you already know it.  One of the biggest factors in getting gout is the type of food we eat.  They tend to be foods high in purines.  If you are prone to gout attacks or you have a friend or loved one who is, here are 3 types of foods to avoid with gout.

First, you should avoid foods that are mostly made of organ meat.  Examples of these foods would be hotdogs and sausages.  Lower quality frankfurters tend to be made mostly with organ meats.  The organs contain the highest concentration of purines in foods such as beef.

The second type of food to avoid with gout is game food.  Game foods such as venison, turkey, and grouse are actually very healthy foods to eat for someone without gout.  However, if you do have this disease, all these foods are fairly high in purines.

Surprisingly, venison has a higher level of purines than even beef.  Most gout patients who work on prevention usually skip beef.  I suggest if you are a hunter and eat a lot of venison, that you at the least only eat it in moderation.

Lastly, you should avoid eating shellfish if you are prone to this disease.  Shellfish is also high in purines and can lead to very painful attacks.  Shellfish would include foods such as shrimp, crab, and lobster.  That doesn’t mean you can’t eat them once in a great while, but I would not go to the all you can eat crab bar.  I’d have a sample and eat something else on the menu.

This was just a small list of foods to avoid with gout, but if you avoid organ meat, game foods, and shellfish it will really help you keep this painful illness in check.

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