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Gout Diet: Foods To Avoid With Gout (diet gout)

"Gout is often associated to obesity, overweight, general metabolism disorders, and thus an increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. It has been shown that excessive consumption of beer causes gout.

We can tell you the truth: cure the gout is possible, but only with some important diet changes"

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Gout diet: What is the gout diet?

A diet low in purine is recommended and a significant reduction in alcohol intake. Especially, the beer must absolutely be stopped because it contains purines which are transformed into uric acid (included non-alcoholic beer).

Tea is also to avoid because it contains a significant amount of purines (half as beer) and promotes the removal of water by the body, which can cause a sudden gout pain.


A gout diet is recommended with low purine foods:

  • Avoid alcohol (especially beer), tea, offal, anchovies, seafood, asparagus, spinach, peas, lentils, consommés, sauces, cheese, fried foods, cocoa.
  • Drink a lot of plain water without dry residues (see packaging label).
  • Foods to reduce gout: cherries, strawberries, dairy products 0%, integral bread, tuna, salmon, celery. Vitamin C decreases gout (500 mg/day for 2 months).
  • Diuretic medical drugs often prescribed for high blood pressure, can cause gout disease (they reduce the ability of the kidney to eliminate uric acid)

Foods To Avoid With Gout (gout diet)

Generally, it's important to reduce caloric consumption, and follow a diet low in purines, which excludes the following foods:

Foods to reduce
Foods to avoid


Wine (2-3 glasses per day for men;
1-2 glasses for women)


Soft drinks (light soft drinks allowed)

Fruit juice rich in fructose (Apple juice, orange juice, grape juice)

Beer (even without alcohol)

Spirits (brandy, whisky)


Pork, veal, lamb, and beef

Poultry, rabbit


Offal (kidneys, liver, brains, tongue, tripe, heart)

Sausages and Deli meats

Venison and goose

Meat broth, consommés


Shrimp, crabs, shellfish

Eel, trout

Anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel



Other seafood

Fish eggs


Asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower, spinach, dry peas, dry beans, lentils

Vegetable soups


Wheat germ

Whole grain breads

Dairy products
Dairy products

Chocolate (cocoa)

Tips to avoid gout disease and gout pain

Spa treatments are prescribed as preventive treatment to relieve the gout pain.

Physical inactivity and overweight are aggravating factors of gout. Thus, it's advisable to practice exercise (swimming for example), stretching and moving joints: take care to repetitive movements and weight.

Finally, sudden changes in food, or weight gain, or weight loss can also cause gout. Foods that reduce the risk of gout are dairy products 0%, C vitamin (at least 500 mg/d), cherry and coffee.

Coffee: main food to prevent gout

A team of researchers from Harvard, school of public health (Boston), highlighted in early 2007 that people drinking a lot of coffee have less risk to have a gout disease.

The risk of gout disease would be less than 40% of those persons drinking 4-5 cups of coffee a day and 61% beyond. The effect is even more marked among men who don't take diuretics, another factor of risk of developing this disease. In the latter, the consumption of 6 cups of coffee or more is associated with a decrease of 70% of the risk of gout.

Another study showed that the coffee would reduce uric acid. Indeed, those drinking 4-5 cups of coffee per day have a lower average rate of uric acid than those who doesn't drink any (0.26 mg/dl).

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