9 Foods to Eat When You Have Gout


A Wide Variety of Vegetables

Vegetables are a prime example of opting for food that comes with benefits beyond “lacking purines.” For many years, gout patients were cautioned against eating vegetables that contain purines. And while there are several vegetables that contain them, a 2012 study found that purines in vegetables do not seem to be as troublesome as the purines in meat.

Admittedly, this means you want to approach these vegetables—mushrooms, asparagus, and spinach, in particular—with caution if you know you’re prone to gout attacks. However, the study potentially suggests that the additional benefits contained within vegetables outweigh the level of purines, which are considerably less than in meats.

While it can get old trying to base a meal off of vegetables all the time, it certainly isn’t impossible. And it’s going to offer a lot of additional benefits to your body as well. To mix things up, try using veggies as the base for meals like a casserole, rather than relying on meat to fill you up. Brightly colored salads, soups, and even vegetable smoothies make great options for introducing more vegetables into your diet. 

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