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Foods to avoid if you have gout

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Foods to avoid if you have gout

April 30, 2013

Q: I am a 60-year-old woman with gout. What foods should I stay away from?

A: Basically you want to avoid items that are high in purines, the amino acids that are metabolized into uric acid.

Here is a list of foods that people with gout should avoid:

  • Sardines
  • Mussels
  • Peas
  • Red meat
  • Game meat
  • Offal food
  • Mushrooms, sweetbreads
  • Scallops and shrimps
  • Herring
  • Game meats
  • Fish roe
  • Mackerel
  • Lentils
  • Yeast
  • Asparagus
  • Alcohol
  • Anchovies

-- Answer from Dr. Zaheer, a homeopathic physician on JustAnswer.

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