I will now complete reorganizing the Gout Diet section by moving all the detailed nutritional information to a separate food diary website. This should reduce some confusion regarding certain aspects of the role that food plays in managing gout.
Under the old scheme, I used the “gout food to avoid” label to refer to acidic foods, but this led to confusion on two counts.
- Confusion between an acid-alkaline balanced diet and uric acid.
- Confusion about avoiding all acid forming foods.
Under the new scheme, I will use the “gout food to avoid” label to refer to excess calories. These are always bad for gout because excess calories leads to excess body tissue – the main source of uric acid, and it also leads to excess weight, which adds to the load on gout-ridden joints.
Although food is not as important to gout as many people believe, there is always a case for good nutrition. Many gout sufferers have other health conditions that can be improved by diet, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart problems being particularly common. Planning a good diet should always start with an assessment of current nutrition, hence my decision to develop a separate food diary website.
It is early days for that website, but I am starting it with the acid-alkaline tables from this site. Nutrition planning is easier when food and drink is categorized into different groups. Regular visitors will be familiar with these food groups, and I have listed them below. I will post a short note each time I transfer or complete each group.
- Dairy and Egg Products
- Looking for gout food to avoid? Look elsewhere. With a properly balanced diet, you can eat any food, especially tasty dairy products.
- Spices and Herbs
- Gout food needs variety. The only way you stick to a well planned gout diet is to eat tasty satisfying food. From coriander to mustard, use spices and herbs to make your gout food interesting.
- Fats and Oils
- Can fats and oils be food good for gout? Get the pH balance right, and no food is bad for gout. Choose the right dressings for your meals and enjoy your gout diet.
- Poultry Products
- Where do you find which gout food to avoid? Do you simply avoid meat? Don’t chicken out – you’d be a turkey to avoid all these foods.
- Soups, Sauces, and Gravies
- Wondering what food to eat for gout? You can eat anything if you balance your meals properly. Look at sauces from worcestershire sauce to a little bit of gravy to make your gout meal delicious.
- Sausages and Luncheon Meats
- What is gout food to avoid? Anything that makes your gout worse. But if you follow a good pH balanced gout diet plan you can eat anything. Including salami and meaty spreads.
- Breakfast Cereals
- What are gout producing foods? All food if you don’t balance your diet, no food if you do. Start the day with a well balanced breakfast, then continue this good gout habit throughout the day.
- Fruits and Fruit Juices
- Fruit foods for gout. Fruity snacks and sauces can help make all food good for you. From apricots to pears, see how to balance your gout diet with fruit.
- Pork Products
- Are you looking for gout food to avoid? Look no further – it doesn’t exist. With a proper pH balanced you can eat all pork products from diet, but don’t make a pig of yourself
- Vegetables and Vegetable Products
- If you want good gout foods look at vegetables. You don’t have to be vegetarian. Just add enough vegetables to your meaty meals and say goodbye to uric acid.
- Nut and Seed Products
- Are there any foods that reduce uric acid? All food can do if you plan it properly. Balance all foods that you eat, including nuts and seeds, and watch your uric acid level fall.
- Beef Products
- Do you know what gout causing food is? High purines? All Meat? Beef Products? Think again. With a properly balanced diet you can eat anything from beef suet to liver.
- Are you obsessed with food for gout? What about drink? From tea to low calorie flavored water, choose drinks that help you flush uric acid.
- Finfish and Shellfish Products
- Is fish food that causes gout? Some think it’s only shellfish. In fact there is no food that causes gout, just imbalanced diet. Balance your diet and you can eat any fish from clams to cod.
- Legumes and Legume Products
- Looking for gout food to avoid? Be careful, you could end up eating nothing (and that will cause gout). Balance your diet properly and you can eat anything. Find legumes for pH balance.
- Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
- Do you think lamb, veal and game are gout food to avoid? Think again. Choose wisely. Balance well. You can enjoy any food if you plan your gout diet properly.
- Baked Products
- There are no bad foods for gout. Just foods eaten badly. Baked products can be good or bad for gout depending on how you balance them with other foods.
- Food that helps gout sufferers is all around us. If you plan meals properly you can eat almost anything you like. Why not celebrate with a delicious sweet. You’ve earned that pudding.
- Cereal Grains and Pasta
- Searching for gout food to avoid? Any food eaten badly can cause gout. Food eaten well does not cause gout. Plan to balance your diet and you can eat anything from cereal to pasta.
- Fast Foods
- Food and gout go together. Don’t give up food – starvation causes gout. Instead, look for balanced meals. Even fast foods are OK for gout if you know how to balance pH.
- Meals, Entrees, and Sidedishes
- Good food for gout is all around us. You simply choose the right selection for pH balance and watch your gout improve. Even ready meals can help you if you make the right choices.
- When compiling your gout food list, don’t forget about snacks. Regular frequent meals avoid starvation and overeating that cause gout. Balance your snacks from chips to pork skins.
- Ethnic Foods
- Wondering what gout food to avoid? Any food is bad if it’s not eaten as part of a balanced diet. Plan your meals properly, and you can eat anything, including ethnic foods from agave to whalemeat.
As I report on progress, I will keep reminding you of the importance of planning when you want to improve your gout diet. You will never know which gout foods to avoid unless you have a:
- Reliable gout diagnosis
- Good gout management plan
- Clear assessment of your current diet
- Complete understanding of ALL diet changes you need to avoid gout
You can learn how to determine gout food to avoid in the Gout Diet section.