Gout and Diet
Diet contributes to the recurrence of gouty arthritis. Foods high in purines tend to promote gout, while those low in purines tend to limit the recurrent attacks.
Low purine foods include:
- Reined cereals and cereal products, cornflakes, white bread, pasta, flour, arrowroot, sago, tapioca, cakes
- Milk, milk products, and eggs
- Sugar, sweets, and gelatin
Butter, polyunsaturated margarine, and all other fats
- Fruit, nuts, and peanut butter
- Lettuce, tomatoes, and green vegetables (except those listed below)
- Cream soups made with low-purine vegetables but without meat or meat stocks
- Water, fruit juice, cordials, and carbonated drinks
- All meats, including organ meats and seafood
- Meat extracts and gravies
- Yeast and yeast extracts, beer, and other alcoholic beverages
- Beans, peas, lentils, oatmeal, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, and mushrooms.