Foods to Avoid With Gout:

Before discussing foods to avoid with gout, or even home remedies for gout, it's important to understand what a vital role our diet plays not only in gout sufferers, but sufferers with all forms of arthritis.

Understanding that certain foods may trigger a gout attack, and the reasons behind it, can make changing your diet just that much easier.

All foods contain purines which are created as our food breaks down. It is high levels of purines which cause the body to produce uric acid. This excess uric acid, then crystallises and collects around an area of the joint known as the synovium.

Some of the foods to avoid with gout are therefore the foods highest in purine and is not unlike the arthritis diet.

Because purines occur in high concentrations in animal products, most meats should be avoided.

Nasty Foods To Avoid With Gout

High on the avoidance list are - All red meat and all offal or organ meats such as

  • Kidney, 
  • liver, 
  • brains 
  • heart etc. 

You should also consider slowing down on other meats such as :~

  • lamb
  • pork
  • chicken

Next on the list is seafood. The worst offenders being:~ 

  • crab meat 
  • herring 
  • scallops 
  • salmon
  • mackerel
  • snapper 
  • oysters
  • mussels
  • trout
  • anchovies 
  • shrimp

Moderate levels of purines can be found in the following foods:~

  • lentils 
  • mushrooms 
  • dried peas 
  • spinach 
  • asparagus 
  • shellfish.


Correct supplementation is vital and an increase in vitamin C intake is a must, as is drinking plenty of water … (try for 4 pints a day, or 2L).

Drinking nopal juice or supplementing with vitamin B12 (use a sublingual delivery system for best results) will bring your gout under control faster than just changing your diet, although diet changes are probably a must.

A gout diet is very similar to a low GI diet - below is a sample of what you might eat while maintaining your gout diet (recommended 12 weeks) then maintainance.


  • Coffee or 100% fruit juice
  • Whole grain cereal such as oats or muesli with fruit
  • Wholegrain toast and margerine (trans fat free)


  • Small portion of fish or chicken
  • Salad with plenty of 'greenery' including celery and carrot
  • Fresh fruit


  • Roasted or steamed chicken (skin off)
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Fresh salad with plenty of tomatoes (lycopine) and low fat dressing
  • Tea, coffee or water

If you feel you must have desert then try and keep it simple with say a baked custard or similar.

This is only a guide for some foods to avoid with gout. If you are concerned then you should have a discussion with you medical professional.


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