8 Foods That Exacerbate Gout

Men and obese people are at greater risk of suffering this painful inflammation of the joints caused by a buildup of needle-sharp uric-acid crystals, mainly in the big toe, feet, ankles, knees and sometimes hands.

Here are eight foods to avoid:


These animal foods are rich in purines, which your body breaks down into uric acid, keep meat and seafood intake to a minimum.




Avoid herring, tuna, and anchovies, on the other hand, shrimp, lobster, eel, and crab are relatively safe.



Drinking beer not only does it increase your uric-acid level, it  also makes it more difficult for your body to clear this substance from your system.

Wine is a better choice, but it is usually recommend that you abstain from alcohol entirely.


Red meat

White meat is generally better than red, but is okay to eat some types of red meat once in while.


Turkey and goose are higher in purines than other types of food, so it’s best to avoid them. Chicken and duck are the safest choices, leg meat is a better choice than a chicken breast with skin.

Sugary drinks

Avoid high-fructose corn syrup, such as non-diet sodas or “fruit” drinks, the sweeteners will stimulate the body to produce more uric acid.


Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms are higher in purines than other vegetables.
Veggie-rich diets actually help you clear purines from the body, the body seems to have an easier time excreting purines from vegetable sources.



Organ meats, such as liver, kidneys, and sweetbreads should be eliminated