Foods To Avoid With Gout: 7 Extremely Painful Choices
What I am about to share with you is something your doctor can’t share with you, not because they don’t want to help, but because they are not taught this.
There is a building base of peer reviewed studies that indicate that meat has little to nothing to do with gout.
Let’s face it. You’ve been through all of the diet plans for gout already and they all say pretty much the same thing, other than a few squabbles over whether spinach is good, beans are good, etc. The only thing they all seem to have in common is that you should avoid meat. But, the problem is that there have been many, many people who have gone almost completely vegetarian and still have outbreaks!
I’ll go ever further than that. There are many, may vegans that develop gout.
What could be causing this?
You’ve heard all the buzz words: uric acid, purines, meat, beef, pork, seafood and you’ve been advised to avoid everything on that list. Gout is typically caused by diet, but can be caused by medical conditions or sometimes even medication used to treat other diseases and everyone knows that alcohol is a major contributor to not only causing flareups of gout, but causing the initial onset of gout.
If you believe yours is diet-based and you’ve tried all of the standard advice, try avoiding these foods instead. Hopefully by the end of the list, you’ll understand why these foods should be avoided.
Rice is extremely high in carbohydrates, up to 45g per cup cooked. Rice is a great staple to have around, but not something you should be consuming a ton of every day.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Some articles have listed soda and drinks such as sweetened iced tea as potential culprits when it comes to gout, but let’s be a little more specific. Too much sugar by itself is bad enough, but HFCS is particularly bad for gout sufferers. The problem with HFCS is that there are different types that manufacturers use in their prepared food products, some with as much as 90% fructose to 10% glucose. Normal table sugar ranges around 50% fructose and 50% glucose.
Large amounts of fructose has been linked to gout attacks, so HFCS may be a higher risk factor in your diet than normal sugar. The problem is that manufacturers don’t list what formulation of HFCS they’re using in their products, so you don’t know if you’re getting HFCS 90, HFCS 55, or HFCS 42.
Again, another cheap food that turns straight to sugar when digested. A single medium sized baked potato is about 30g of carbohydrates. French fries are even worse and it doesn’t matter if you make them at home or get them from McDonald’s. They are the enemy.
Corn is another grain that should be avoided as much as possible. A medium sized tortilla of about 6” in diameter yields about 15g of carbohydrates. But, a single cup of yellow corn yields a whopping 123g, making it the highest producer of carbs on this list! All of this turns to sugar!
1 slice of white bread yields 15g of carbohydrates. This is sad for anyone who loves to eat sandwiches… but here’s another kicker: almost all of the cheap sandwich bread that you can purchase also contains HFCS! If you really like your sandwiches, avoid breads that contain HFCS. In fact, do whatever you can to avoid HFCS in general and you’ll be better off.
While alcohol in general is bad for gout because it causes your kidneys to excrete the alcohol instead of the uric acid, beer is a double whammy because it is also high in purines. Add to this that it is also a product produced from grains and you can count on about 13g of carbohydrates per can.
And… wait for it…
Yes, fruits. This includes fruit juices, especially the store-bought kind, because they’re loaded with added sugar.
What? I Can’t Avoid All Of These! I’ll Die!
You’re right; you can’t avoid all of these. Well, maybe except the HFCS, you can probably avoid that if you’re willing to give up processed foods completely… but that’s for a different post!
What you CAN do is regulate how many carbohydrates you are allowed on a daily basis and stay away from the major players. Almost anything with a high glycemic index should be strictly limited. My husband limits his carbs to about 100g per day; his restrictions include everything on this list and everything else grain-based, such as pasta. There is a good reason that major health websites list diabetes as a risk factor for gout; you’re much more likely to have gout if you have diabetes or are pre-diabetic!
So, in conclusion, if you’ve tried all of the other standard diets, try limiting carbs and sugars instead and see if that makes a difference.
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