If you are suffering from gout, having a list of foods that cause gout is a must. You can use it as a reference while shopping or preparing a diet plan. Gout is a kind of arthritis. It’s caused by an accumulation of uric acid in a joint. This happens when body can’t dispose the acid efficiently enough. Uric acid is produced from purines so if you suffer from gout you should avoid purine rich foods.
List of foods that cause gout
All meat (including poultry) contains purines, so you should eat it in moderation. Red meat (beef, pork) is known to increase risk of gout so if you already suffer from gout you should avoid this kind of meat. Please note that bacon is one of the foods that increase the risk of gout attack it contains purines and a lot of sodium, both of them dehydrate the body (I hope that you know that hydration is crucial when it comes to gout).
Fish and some seafood
Fish are also a source of animal protein that is associated with increased risk of gout. Mayoclinic.com states that you should avoid organ meats, herring, anchovies and mackerel or limit them to the minimum. You should also avoid salmon. When it comes to seafood, crabs and shrimps should be avoided.
Alcohol is a very common cause of gout. Alcohol beverages contain purines (some of them, like beer, a lot more than others). Besides that, alcohol beverages give your body hard time while processing and disposing uric acid so the process is noticeably slower, which increases the risk of gout flare up.
When it comes to vegetables, there are only a few of them that should be avoided. You should avoid: asparagus, cauliflower, spinach and mushrooms. You should also reduce the amount of legumes that you eat, because they are high in purines.
Please take note that every one suffering from gout reacts differently. One might suffer heavily from one kind of mentioned food, another one will suffer from other foods. You need to observe how your body reacts to the mentioned foods. If your body reacted in a heavy gout attack, that definitely means that you should avoid that food. Of course this list of foods that cause gout isn’t complete by any means, it just contains foods that are the most often causes of gout.