Cooking or Eating Out with Gout

Eating right during cookouts prevents goutEating at outdoor restaurants and attending picnics and parties are enjoyable activities during the summer months, but if you have gout, the pain that comes with it might be holding you back.  You can not only feel it in your big toe, but also in your ankles and heels.  The best way to avoid it is to minimize the chances of an attack. You can do that this summer by eating a specific low-purine diet.

Gout is a kind of arthritis that is caused by uric acid crystal deposits in soft tissues and joints like the ones in your feet.  For most people, uric acid, which is byproduct of your body breaking down purines, dissolves into their blood and travels to their kidneys.  However, if you have gout, the uric acid does not dissolve.  So, by eating foods that are low in purine you lessen the chance of a flare up. 

Here are some common foods that people with gout should avoid when cooking or dining out: anchovies, bacon, codfish, haddock, mussels, sardines, scallops, shrimp, veal, and broths. If your condition is under control, you can have one serving of beef, lamb, pork, mushrooms, oats, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, whole grains and fish not listed above.

The following are foods you should look for and enjoy: refined breads and grains, low-fat milk and cheese, peanut butter, nuts, low-fat cream soups, potatoes, rice, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, plain yogurt, grapes and bean sprouts.  These foods do not contain high amounts of purine and will help you avoid gout this summer.

If you are suffering from gout or have any further questions call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to get your answers.  In Palm Desert, CA we have some fantastic restaurants and like to have summer dinner parties. We don’t want you to miss out! By making sure you eat a low purine diet, you can have a delicious and pain-free summer. 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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