5 Common Errors in Keeping a Gout-Proof Diet
The best thing you can do for yourself if you suffer from gout is to eat
Hi, I'm Dr. Pamela Rosenthal, Rheumatologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center for About.com. In this video I'll be discussing some foods to avoid if you have gout.Gout has been with us from time immemorial. Among the poster children, if you will, whom we sometimes point to as the quintessential sufferers of gout might be someone like King Henry VIII of England. Gout has always been considered a disease of overindulgence. Henry's diet, a diet rich in meat and alcohol, can contribute to your risk of gout. Now, in the setting of the obesity epidemic here in the United States, the risk of gout has greatly increased. There are many more people who suffer from gout now than 20 years ago, for example.First of all, probably the best thing that you can do for yourself if you suffer from gout is to eat a balanced diet. In particular, you may want to avoid foods that are rich in fat. You may also want to consume meat proteins in moderation, as well as organ meats.You should avoid alcohol, spirits, and beer, in particular, as beer contributes through a variety of mechanisms to the risk of gout. Just because foods that are rich in fructose, such as soda and even some fruit juices, can contribute to weight gain, and may in fact contribute to serum uric acid levels, I would include them in the list of foods to avoid too.Thanks for watching. To learn more, please visit About.com.