Happy Halloween! What’s in your trick-or-treating bag? Hopefully not any foods that cause gout! (Trust us, we don’t think you’ll end up with these types of food in your bag anyway.) A gout attack can come on suddenly, which can be quite scary. However, with our advice you’ll know to avoid certain foods that can bring on this monster-sized pain.
What is gout anyway? First of all, it’s nothing to be afraid of, just a form of arthritis. It happens when your body produces too much uric acid or fails to flush enough of it from the system. This results in the formation of crystals that can collect in the big toe joint of your foot. Uric acid is formed when your body breaks down purines, which occur naturally in the body and are also contained in certain foods.
Unfortunately, when these crystals collect, they can create gout attacks that are painful for weeks. It’s important to eat a nutritious diet to decrease the chances of an attack and control the amount of uric acid in your system. So, here’s the foods to avoid:
Meats - We don’t think you’re going to end up with a lot of meats in your trick-or-treat bag, but still, try to stay clear of beef and pork which are both high in purines.
Brains, Liver, Kidneys - We’re not kidding, these three foods are very high in purines.
Anchovies, sardines, herring, scallops - These should also be very limited and only consumed on occasion.
Beer- Beer drinkers beware! The consumption of this alcoholic beverage in particular has been linked to gout attacks.
This Halloween, try passing up the brains, will ya? Instead, reach for the veggie or fruit tray and get plenty of water. If you happen to be stricken with a gout attack, please contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, in Palm Desert, CA, at (760) 568-0108.
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