Origin: A 2004 study of over 47,000 men conducted Dr. Hyon Choi for the New England Journal of Medicine determined which foods were safe for gout sufferers and which foods caused the condition to flair up. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. This causes inflammation, tenderness and pain in the joints.
Description: The Gout Diet is essentially a guideline of foods and ingredients that are safe for gout sufferers to consume. Foods that are high in purines, such as organ meats, should be eliminated from the diet completely.
Likes: Water, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, dark leafy vegetables, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries and citrus fruits.
Dislikes: Organ meats (liver, kidneys, brain), seafood, herring, mackerel, anchovies, dried beans and alcohol.
Looking For: Anyone who suffers from gout.
Works Well With: Your local farmers’ market.
The Gout Diet is designed to help gout sufferers live a healthier lifestyle and prevent their conditions from flaring up. The diet recommends avoiding foods that are high in purines, particularly organ meats, and emphasizes eating fiber, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Individuals who have gout are also encouraged to drink plenty of water and maintain an "ideal" body weight, as extra body weight can put pressure on the joints. Dieters are encouraged to exercise. The diet is not really that difficult to follow, so long as gout sufferers are aware of the foods that will aggravate their condition. Aside from the lack of protein in this diet, it could be a beneficial diet plan for anyone looking to improve their eating habits.