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What foods should I avoid with gout?

Gout is a painful arthritic condition, commonly felt in the big toe, that can be triggered by eating foods high in purine content. Your body breaks down those purines into uric acid during digestion, but too much uric acid (either from overconsumption or from kidneys that are unable to filter the acid effectively) can lead to painful gout episodes.

If you struggle with gout, foods you should cut out of your diet include:

  • Alcohol
  • Anchovies
  • Asparagus
  • Consommé
  • Herring
  • Meat Gravy
  • Mincemeat
  • Mushrooms
  • Mussels
  • Organ meats (e.g. liver, kidney, heart, etc.)
  • Sardines
  • Seafoods
  • Sweetbreads

Foods that should be limited to only small, occasional portions inculde:

  • Cauliflower
  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Peas
  • Fish
  • Lentils
  • Oatmeal
  • Red Meats
  • Spinach
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Yeast
Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists