This article to know what kind of diet you should follow, foods to eat and avoid, and much more. But first, let’s find out more about gout and how a low uric acid diet will help.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a painful inflammatory disorder of the joints triggered due to a metabolic disorder. It is caused due to overaccumulation of uric acid or uric acid crystal formation in the synovial fluid. This fluid is found in between all the joints, and it acts as a lubricant. Uric acid is the waste product of chemicals called purines.
Overaccumulation of uric acid takes place when the kidneys fail to excrete this waste effectively. In some cases, it also occurs when the body is unable to produce the enzymes involved in the metabolism of uric acid. Due to an increase in the levels of uric acid, the synovial fluid becomes less effective in lubricating the joints. This causes friction and leads to inflammation, swelling, and unbearable pain. The joints become sensitive, red, and overheated.
How Does Low Uric Acid Diet Help Gout?
Uric acid is the waste product of purines that are found in many foods, such as seafood, poultry, meat, beer, etc. If your body is unable to process or eliminate uric acid, and that is causing painful inflammation in the joints, it is best to consume foods that are low in purines or limit the consumption of foods rich in purines. This will give your body enough time to eliminate uric acid from the system and lower the uric acid levels in the blood and synovial fluid. This, in turn, will cause less friction between the bones and alleviate the inflammation and swelling.
Let’s find out what foods you should consume more, foods you should completely avoid, and foods you can have in limited quantities in Uric Acid Diet
List Of Foods For Gout
Food To Eat More
- Vegetables – Spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, beetroot, green peas, potato, and collard greens
- Fruits – Cherry, strawberry, blueberry, lemon, lime, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, pear, and clementine
- Proteins – Mushrooms, pinto beans, and other legumes
- Carbs – Pasta, white flour, and bread
- Grains – Rice, couscous, and quinoa
- Beverages – Water, fresh lemon juice, fresh cherry juice, buttermilk, tea, and coffee
- Others – Nuts, parsley, flax seeds, and apple cider vinegar
Foods To Eat In Moderation
- Vegetables & Fruits – Tomato
- Protein – Chicken and salmon
- Grains – Oats
- Dairy – Low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, and eggs
- Fats & Oils – Peanut butter and olive oil
Foods To Avoid
- Proteins – Sardine, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, trout, herring, codfish, haddock, beef, bacon, pork, ham, veal, liver, scallops, duck, turkey, tofu, lobster, crab, squid, shellfish, oyster, and shrimps
- Carbs – Sweetbread
- Beverages – Alcohol and packaged fruit juices
- Fats & Oils – Animal fat, mayonnaise, and butter
- Others – High fructose corn syrup and chicken/fish/meat broth
Now that you have got an idea about the foods, it will be easier to follow a proper diet plan. The next section has a sample diet plan and you can use it as a template to design your own diet plan. Take a look.
Low Uric Acid Diet Plan
|Meals||What To Eat|
|Early Morning(7:00-7:30 am)||1 cup water with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar|
|Breakfast(8:15- 8:45 pm)||Options:|
- A medium bowl quinoa + 1 cup coffee
- 1 white bread with peanut butter and blueberries + 1 cup grapefruit juice
- 1 egg boiled or scrambled + 1 bread + 1 cup fresh orange juice
|Mid-Morning Snack(10:30 – 11:00 am)||½ cup cherries|
|Lunch(12:30 – 1:00 pm)||Options:|
- Baked 3 oz salmon (without skin) and broccoli
- Green leafy veggie salad
|Evening Snack(4:00 – 4:30 pm)||Options:|
- 1 cup green tea
- 1 cup cherry/pineapple juice
- 2 oz grilled chicken with asparagus and mashed potatoes
- Spinach pasta
Why This Works
Apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamin C, which is highly recommended for those suffering from gout. It also has other health benefits as well, such as boosting the metabolic rate and immunity. Always have a heavy breakfast before heading out. In this diet plan, low-uric acid breakfast options are listed. They are filling, nutritious, and keep your energy levels up. Since cherries are the go-to fruit for treating gout, have half a cup of cherries as a mid-morning snack. Keep your lunch light. Green tea is great for an evening snack as it helps to scavenge the harmful oxygen radicals and reduces inflammation. If not green tea, a cup of fresh cherry juice or pineapple juice is great for reducing the inflammation. You may have chicken in moderate amounts for dinner. Potatoes are good for you, but make sure not to use full-fat cream to prepare the mashed potatoes. Both spinach and pasta are allowed foods, and the combo is a great option for dinner.
To sum it up, following a low-uric acid diet will help you get rid of inflammation and swelling, reduce joint pain, help you move freely, uplift your mood, and increase your productivity