7 foods that cause gout
One of the main reasons for getting gout is eating a diet rich in purines. This is because purines are converted to uric acid, which can build up in the joints and cause painful attacks. One of the best ways to prevent this disease is to eat properly. The following is a list of 7 common foods that cause gout:
1. Bacon. This popular breakfast food can cause very painful problems because it is so rich in purines and nitrates. Not to mention, sodium can dehydrate you, increasing your risk of having a flare-up.
2. Hot dogs. Hot dogs, whether they’re turkey, chicken, or beef, can be very detrimental to your treatment efforts. All three meats are at least moderately high in purines. Hot dogs also contain organ parts. This is where the highest levels exist.
3. Game food. Wild game such as deer, pheasant, squirrel and grouse should also be avoided due to their high numbers. While you would think these animals wouldn’t wreak havoc on us, especially since they aren’t loaded with steroids like some meat products are, unfortunately they tend to have quite high levels. In fact, the most severe and long-lasting case of gout I had was due to eating venison every day for a few days to change the pace, as I didn’t know it was not good for my condition at the time I ate it. My attack lasted a month.
4. Poultry. As mentioned above, turkey and chicken are considered to have moderately high amounts. They also depend on the person. I know of people who cannot eat chicken at all whereas, it is my basic meat and I don’t recall having a seizure because I ate chicken, however I did have a seizure after eating turkey. Again, eat in moderation if you are not sure if chicken or any of these foods will give you a fit.
5. Certain shellfish. Certain fish and shellfish are not good for you if you are susceptible to gout. Salmon has high levels as do shrimp and crab. In fact, salmon has twice the levels of chicken. It’s a shame that salmon is bad for gout patients, as this great food has healthy doses of omega 3 oils that really help treat gout. I suggest you use supplements instead.
6. Alcoholic beverages Alcohol is perhaps one of the most common causes of gout. Beer tends to cause more problems than wine. Beer contains almost 8 times more purines than alcohol.
7. Peas / Lentils Vegetables are not good to eat if you have gout. Peas are slightly higher in purines than chicken, however, black-eyed peas are considerably higher than chicken. Once again, each one is different. Some can eat these foods without any problem and others will suffer greatly from it.
It is important to try foods in moderation until you find out what your body can handle. Knowing which foods can cause you to have a gout flare will definitely help you with your gout prevention diet.