Gout is one of the most prevalent forms of arthritis.In normal circumstances, our body metabolism produces toxic uric acid which is disposed off along with urine.In Gout patients, the body fails to excrete the toxic uric acid which then builds up inside the body.
The uric acid crystallizes to form urate crystals that deposit themselves in and around the body joints causing immense pain and inflammation. In the olden times, Gout was associated with only the rich and flamboyant people, this is not totally false, you see, Gout is caused mostly due to intake of rich, fatty and oily food which only the rich people could afford. However, rich and spicy food has become almost a staple now.
If you want to avoid Gout, there are a few foods that you need to abstain from or consume in moderate quantities.
Foods To Avoid With Gout
Red And White Meat
This is bad news for meat lovers! Yes, the oh-so-delicious bacon steak or the crispy pork belly may stimulate those taste buds but they are main cause of gout formation.Protein is metabolized in the body and uric acid is one of the by products of the process.So, obviously protein intake and uric acid are directly proportional!
So, harden your hearts and think of your health.Limit your intake of beef, pork, lamb, venison, turkey, goose, duck, partridge or chicken.Packaged form of these meats like salami, pepperoni, sausage etc.can also trigger the problem.
If you thought you’d avoid meat but cheat with Gout by eating that delicious liver casserole, well you’re doomed! Animal organs have higher concentration of purine than meat.Purine is broken down to form uric acid too.Liver, kidney,heart, sweetbread and brains of the animals will also cause Gout.I suggest you intake all this sparingly
Fishes And Sea Food
Some fishes have really high purine.Purine enters the body and reacts with the sodium present to form mono sodium urate crystals that cannot be easily disposed off. These crystals are deposited in the joints, forming gout.Fishes having high purine content are mostly oily, cold water varieties.
Fishes and other sea foods such as sardine, herring, mussels, anchovies, tuna, trout, cod fish, lobsters, shrimps, scallops, crabs and clams, provides the body with immensely high quantities of purine.If you love seafood, I suggest you intake them in small quantities.
Fatty Rich Foods
Fatty foods and foods containing some trans fats should be avoided at all costs.Oily, spicy and rich foods should be taken sparingly.Rich cream sauces like hollandaise, alfredo or mayonnaise that often feature in our everyday menu have to be discarded. Heavy cream preparations, ice-creams and desserts too have to be limited.
Some foods form acids in the body.Formation of acid in the body means the pH of the blood decreases.At low pH, uric acid becomes insoluble making it difficult to discard it and it crystallizes to cause inflammation.
Acid forming foods like coffee, black tea, carbonated drinks, white bread etc should be consumed as little as possible.
Yes, even vegetables which normally protect us can trigger gout.Some vegetables have high purine content and when taken in large helpings may cause swellings.Vegetables like rhubarb, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower and peas should be taken in small quantities.
Not much good has ever come off drinking alcohol regularly.You may intake alcoholic drinks now and then but if you’re a regular consumer, you’re risking Gout formation.Alcohol not only makes excretion of uric acid harder, it also contributes towards Gout formation.