Menu Plan for Gout Sufferers
Food plays an important part in the recurrence of gout. Gout is a very painful form of arthritis. It occurs when high levels of uric acid in the blood cause crystals to form and accumulate around a joint.
Gout is an extremely painful inflammation of the joints caused by a buildup of needle-sharp uric-acid crystals.
The big toe is the most common target, but gout can attack the feet, ankles, knees, and hands as well.
An attack or “flare” can last for days or months. Men and obese people are at greater risk. If you’re prone to gout, the foods you eat—and don’t eat—play a key role in keeping your joints pain-free.
Some foods contain purines which break down into uric acid and make gout worse. These include:
- Turkey, venison, veal and bacon
- Cut back on seafood. Salmon is a safer option
- Sugary drinks
- Red meat, particularly liver and kidney can aggravate the onset of gout
Here is a sample menu.
- Whole-grain, unsweetened cereal with skim or low-fat milk
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- Roasted chicken breast slices (2 ounces) on a whole-grain roll with mustard
- Mixed green salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing
- Skim or low-fat milk
- 1 cup fresh cherries
- Roasted salmon (3-4 ounces)
- Roasted or steamed green beans
- 1/2 cup whole-grain pasta with olive oil and lemon pepper
- Low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup fresh melon
- Caffeine-free beverage, such as herbal tea
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