9 Foods to Eat When You Have Gout

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Whole Grains & Low-Fat Dairy

Whole Grains

Getting plenty of whole grains is also extremely important in controlling your gout. While you want to avoid simple sugars, like those found in cheap white bread and most baked goods made with white flour, complex carbohydrates help control your weight and any insulin issues you might be having. Since whole grains don't digest quickly, this means you feel fuller for a longer period of time, which helps you eat less overall. Plus, they can help stabilize your blood sugar, which may keep gout attacks at bay for longer. 

 

Low-Fat Dairy

If you’re already having trouble with joint pain and arthritis, skimping on the calcium isn’t doing yourself any favors. This is a tricky balancing act, though, because the high fat content that tends to be in dairy products is bad for gout. Instead of missing out on your calcium or trying to get it all through alternative sources, choose low-fat dairy options instead. 

Since you’re missing out on a lot of the protein derived from meat, skim milk and low-fat Greek yogurt can be great protein sources. Additionally, low-fat dairy may actually provide some protection from gout. At least one serving of dairy a day showed lower uric acid blood levels in the patients of some studies—and other studies suggest that dairy may actually help move uric acid out of the body more effectively.

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