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The Best Diet for Gout: What to Eat and Avoid

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gout is a type of inflammation of the joints that can cause sudden and severe attacks of pain and swelling fortunately it can be controlled with medication gout friendly diet and lifestyle changes so in this video I'm going to look at what to eat and what to avoid if you have gout you have GAAP certain foods may trigger an attack by increasing your uric acid levels trigger foods are commonly high in purines a substance found naturally in foods when you digest purines your body makes uric acid as a waste product now this is not a concern for healthy people as they efficiently remove excess uric acid from the body however people with gout can't efficiently remove excess uric acid thus a high purine diet may let uric acid accumulate and cause a gap attack fortunately research shows that restricting hyperion foods as well as taking appropriate medications can prevent further gap attacks what foods should you avoid so the main culprit of gout attacks hyperion foods which we'll list in a moment interestingly fructose and sugar sweetened beverages like soda also appear to increase scout risk and they're not high appearance instead thought that they may raise uric acid levels by accelerating several cellular processes for instance a study including over 125,000 participants found that people who consume the most fructose had a 62% higher risk of developing gap okay with that in mind here are some of the major high purine and high fructose foods to avoid all organ meats these include liver kidneys sweetbreads brain game meats like pheasant veal venison fish herring trout mackerel tuna sardines anchovies haddock and more other seafood as well like scallops crab shrimp and Roe alcoholic beverages this is a big one especially beer the body prioritizes removing alcohol over uric acid sugary beverages especially fruit juice and sugary sodas added sugars honey agave nectar and high fructose corn syrup of course and yeast nutritional yeast brewers yeast and other yeast supplements you may have noticed that there's no fruit or vegetables on that list now there are veggies that are high in purines but research shows that they just don't cause an increased risk of gap like the non vegetable hyperion food sources so as you've heard time and time again you've got to eat more fruits and vegetables additionally refined carbs like white bread cakes and cookies should also be avoided although they are not purines or fructose they are low in nutrients and may raise your uric acid levels okay what foods should you eat them although a gap friendly diet seems like it eliminates a lot of foods there are plenty of low purine foods that you can join all fruits are generally fine forget cherries may even help prevent attacks by lowering uric acid levels and reducing information all vegetables are fine like potatoes peas mushrooms eggplants dark green leafy vegetables especially legumes are good as well that's lentils beans soy beans tofu nuts and seeds they're fine whole grains that's like oats brown rice and barley eggs and dairy products they're all safe low-fat dairy appears to be even more beneficial for drinks you can serve coffee tea green tea you can use herbs and spices plant-based oils fine including canola coconut olive oil and flaxseed oils aside from organ meats game meats and a few types of fish you can also eat meat a few times per week so things like chicken or beef you just have to make sure the portions quite small so about 4 to 6 ounces or 115 to 170 grams per serving lastly aside from those diet changes research shows that losing weight greatly helps as does regular exercising and limiting or cutting out or alcohol there's also new research indicating that vitamin C supplementation can help the kidneys to remove excess uric acid but more studies are needed before we can recommend this thanks for watching make sure to give this video a thumbs up if you found it informative and don't forget to subscribe to health lines Authority and nutrition YouTube channel by clicking the red subscribe button below this video [Music]

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