Purine Rich Foods

Elegant Plate of Sweetbreads and GravyPurine rich foods are always one of the first topics to discuss when it comes to the treacherous condition of gout. You hear it all the time; gout is caused by uric acid and uric acid is caused by purine rich foods. Sound familiar? Well it is true to some extent.

But what I’ve found is that there are other factors that contribute to the overall acidic load our bodies deal with and contribute to the causes of gout. Too much uric acid caused by purine rich food is just one part of it. I’m going to keep this post simple and stay focused on purine rich foods only.

The List

According to the American Medical Association and About.com, purine-containing foods include:

  • Beer, other alcoholic beverages.
  • Anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roes, herring.
  • Yeast.
  • Organ meat (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads)
  • Legumes (dried beans, peas)
  • Meat extracts, consomme, gravies.
  • Mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower.

As I said earlier, purine rich food is certainly not something to stick your head in the sand about as they explain at About.com but, learning to pay more attention to all the different ways that acidity crops up in the body is just as important.

Learning to eat more alkalizing foods, drinking the best water, (alkaline ionized water) and learning to breathe fully and completely are the basics. I also need to mention that successfully managing Stress is high on the list of importance when it comes to living gout-free.

“Non” Purine Rich Foods

I don’t want to leave you hanging so here’s what you need to know:

  • vegetables: carrots, broccoli, beets, celery, onions
  • fruits: apples, avocados, bananas, melons, berries, oranges
  • protein: whey, chicken, nuts and seeds, yogurt, tofu, eggs
  • spices: cinnamon, curry, mustard, peppers, sea salt
  • other: apple cider vinegar, fresh veggie and fruit juices, green tea, mineral water

Avoid purine rich foods to help keep a lid on gout.


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