Learn what makes up a gout-friendly diet that includes carbohydrates, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. The Dietetics and Food Services from Changi General Hospital explain how these foods can help control gout.
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Gout-friendly food sources
Foods that contain low levels of purine makes for a gout-friendly diet.
White bread, pasta and noodles
Refined carbohydrates are safe to eat for gout sufferers because they have a low purine content. But too much consumption of refined carbohydrates can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and increase one’s risk of developing metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Whole grain breads and whole grain pasta are healthier than refined carbohydrates, but since they contain moderate amounts of purine, they should be eaten occasionally.
Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt)
Low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt are excellent foods for gout sufferers because of their low purine content and ability to lower gout risk.
Eat plenty of vegetables such as kailan, cabbage, squash, red bell pepper, beetroot, but limit the intake of vegetables with moderate purine content such as asparagus, spinach, cauliflower and mushrooms.
Eat fruits high in vitamin C such as oranges, tangerines, papaya and cherries. Apples, pears, pineapples, avocados are low-purine fruits and therefore can be eaten in moderation.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day unless you are advised to restrict your fluid intake due to medical reasons.
Coffee and tea
Coffee and tea are safe for gout sufferers.
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gout-friendly sources of protein.