Diet in High Uric Acid / Gout

Gout is a form of Arthritis that is characterised by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints. The cause of gout is a high blood level of Uric acid.

Dietary Management in High Uric Acid/Gout:

>> Exclusion of foods extremely rich in purine such as all meats, seafood, poultry, pulses and lentils

>> Reduce intake of high fat foods such as oil, butter, margarine, lard, chicken fat, mayonnaise, salad dressing, cheese, whole milk, cream, coconut milk, pastries, and dim sum.

>> Avoid sardines, mackerel, anchovies, shrimp, liver, kidney, brain, sweetbread (thymus gland), gravies, meat broth, and dried beans.

>> Limit mushroom, peas, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread.

>> The following may be consumed as desired: Cereal and grain products (rice porridge, noodles, pasta, rice, crackers, white bread), vegetables (except those noted above), potato, taro, yam, fruits, fruit juice, egg, low fat, or fat free dairy products.

>> Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, chocolates and carbonated drinks

>> Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water daily to promote excretion of uric acid.

>> Maintain ideal body weight. If overweight, a gradual weight reduction of 1-2 lbs a week is suggested.

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