When too much uric acid builds up in the blood and urate crystals accumulate in the joint, gout, a form of arthritis, then, is inevitable.
Everyone is likely to be threatened by gout for that dietary factor is one of the main causes of this health problem. Uric acid, which can cause joint inflammation, will be produced when the body breaks down purines which are commonly contained in many foods like steak, seafood, organ meat and beer.
Other risk factors may lead to gout include obesity, certain diseases, family history of gout and age.
Gout diet may not cure this health problem, but it may help reduce uric acid levels in the blood, lower the risk of recurring gout attacks and slow the progression of joint damage.
If you are troubled with gout, you should control the amount of cholesterol and fat that you eat. Because people with gout are usually vulnerable to heart disease. By limiting cholesterol and fat intake, you can lower the risk of gout and heart disease at the same time.
Also, you must avoid foods rich in purine, such as shellfish, sardines, tuna, beef, lamb, pork, asparagus and spinach.
Instead, you may include the following list of foods that are low in purine in your diet:
* You need to stay well-hydrated but remember to limit alcohol, especially beer and sweetened beverages. Tea woul be a better choice.
However, all the aboved-mentioned suggestions are not meant that you need to ban every piece of meat and fish for good. For your gout diet, some meats that contains moderate number of purines can be included, such as chicken, shrimp and salmon. However, you need to bear in mind that your weekly consumption of these foods shall also be limited.
3-Day Sample Meal Plan
Check this 3-day meal plan for gout. Let's give it a shot!
* If you are a female about 5.6-5.7 feet tall, 60 pounds and around 70 years old who does little exercise, your daily calorie need is about 1500.
*The % daily values (DV) are based on a 2000-calorie diet.
* Food sources in this meal plan can be changed under the guideline if you are allergic to them.
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