A list of foods to avoid for gout was my first task the moment my husband Mark had gotten the gout. It was a time of constant pain, suffering and sleepless nights as I tried my best to help him ease the throbbing pain that would occur on his big toe.
It all started after Thanksgiving 2009, Mark woke up with a sudden sharp pain on his right big toe. As I recalled he was in a lot of pain and couldn’t sleep or move too much without it hurting more. By then I had called our son over and we lifted him off the bed and into the car before driving him off to the hospital.
The doctor was very kind in giving us some pain killers and a drug to reduce his swelling and uric acid including a basic list of foods to avoid with gout. However it wasn’t detailed enough to help me prepare a special balanced diet that Mark needs to reduce the level of uric acid in his body. If you ever had to see your loved one go through so much pain you would know that you would do anything to help ease his suffering. That was what I could only do.
Together with my son, Nathaniel, we scoured the internet for more information on what foods that cause gout so that I can avoid them in my trip to the grocers. From what we have gathered here is a list of foods to avoid with gout.
Foods to Avoid With Gout
The rule of thumb is to avoid any red meat, innards (stomach, intestines, etc), processed food (sausages, jerky), and most seafood except for certain fish, not to mention Beans, Nuts, Peas, Lentils and Mushrooms.
- Deer (any game meat for that matter)
- Pork or Swine (This includes bacon)
- Fish Roe
- Shellfish (Crabs, Mussels, Prawns, Lobsters, Scallops)
- Sausages of any kind
- Burger patty’s of any kind
- Peas, Lentils, Spinach, Mushrooms, Legumes, Asparagus
- Any form of meat extract from the meats and vegetables above that are used in gravy or sauce.
- Caffeinated drinks( Coffee / Tea/ Coke)
- Chocolate as well
- And last but not least Alcohol. Worst of all beer as it is made from yeast.
It was hard to watch Mark endure the pain, the sudden realization that he had to change his diet and lifestyle for his health was not easy at first for Mark. He would still continue to have sudden gout spikes that would occur when he got careless eating something within the list. As much as I would like to see him live his life to the fullest, his suffering and anguish during an attack can be heart retching. Yet we manage to solve most of Mark’s gout problem within a year.
If you want to know what we found that ended Mark’s torture now, then you’ll have to see this Gout Food Diet that cures gout with 3 simple grocery items.