Uric Acid Diet Picture

Foods High in Uric Acid: Surprisingly Bad!

I used to think that foods high in uric acid were the most important aspect of managing gout diet.

I first published my list of foods high in uric acid on July 22nd 2007. It took a lot of research to bring the science of purines into one list, and it’s been copied by thousands of websites around the world. At the time, after 2+ years working on this site, I knew more about gout than most people. A fraction of what I know now.

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See Foods High in Uric Acid summary.

I soon learned that purine control was not as important as many people suggested. You should never ignore purines from animal flesh. But there are other factors in diet that are more important. I’ve created a better Purine Rich Foods list that focuses on foods that really matter. You can still read my original high purine foods list below. However, it is best used as a historic reference for the way we used to believe diet can affect gout. We now know that vegetable purines have no effect on gout.

Today, I’m making it clear.

This list of foods high in uric acid is never ever going to help your gout, except as an example of what not to do.

I’ll explain why after the chart that you are so desperate to see.

If you just want help now, without wasting any more of your time looking for bad gout foods to avoid, then please ask in the gout forums.

Foods High In Uric Acid Chart

If you feel that it is important to manage foods high in uric acid, then you should measure your total intake. Multiply the weight of your food (in grams) by the value from the table and divide this by 100 to give your uric acid intake in milligrams. In this way you can calculate a total intake from the list of foods high in uric acid for every meal. You can compare purine intake totals with your blood test results to measure how food is affecting your uric acid levels.

Foods High in Uric Acid
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Food Purines
(Uric Acid
mg/100g)
Theobromine 2300
Yeast, Brewer’s 1810
Neck sweet bread, Calf’s 1260
Sprat, smoked 804
Sheep’s spleen 773
Yeast, Baker’s 680
Ox liver 554
Pig’s heart 530
Pig’s spleen 516
Pig’s liver 515
Mushroom, flat, edible Boletus, dried 488
Fish, sardines in oil 480
Liver, Calf’s 460
Ox spleen 444
Pig’s lungs (lights) 434
Ox lungs (lights) 399
Fish, sardine, pilchard 345
Spleen, Calf’s 343
Pig’s kidney 334
Fish, trout 297
Fish, Tuna in oil 290
Ox kidney 269
Fish, Tuna 257
Ox heart 256
Liver, chicken 243
Fish, Redfish (ocean perch) 241
Heart, Sheep’s 241
Fish, Anchovy 239
Black gram (mungo bean), seed, dry. Note: this is Vigna Mungo, which is not the same as black bean or mung bean. 222
Fish, Herring, Matje cured 219
Kidney, Calf’s 218
Fish, Herring, Atlantic 210
Horse meat 200
Bean, Soya, seed, dry 190
Fish, Herring roe 190
Lamb (muscles only) 182
Fish, Halibut 178
Chicken (breast with skin) 175
Veal, muscles only 172
Fish, salmon 170
Poppy seed, seed, dry 170
Pork muscles only 166
Goose 165
Sausage, liver (liverwurst) 165
Fish, Saithe (coalfish) 163
Fish, Carp 160
Ox tongue 160
Pork leg (hind leg) 160
Chicken, boiling fowl, average 159
Pork fillet 150
Pork shoulder with skin (blade of shoulder) 150
Turkey, young animal, average, with skin 150
Veal knuckle with bone 150
Veal, leg of veal with bone 150
Veal, neck with bone 150
Lungs, Calf’s 147
Shrimp, brown 147
Fish, Mackerel 145
Pork chop with bone 145
Caviar (real) 144
Sunflower seed, dry 143
Pike 140
Pork chuck 140
Veal chop, cutlet with bone 140
Veal fillet 140
Veal, shoulder 140
Fish, Haddock 139
Duck, average 138
Venison haunch (leg) 138
Pig’s tongue 136
Scallop 136
Beef, muscles only 133
Rabbit meat, average with bone 132
Fish, Sole 131
Ham, cooked 131
Bean, seed, white, dry 128
Lentil, seed, dry 127
Pork belly, raw, smoked dried 127
Beef, chuck 120
Beef, fore rib, entrecote 120
Pork hip bone (hind leg) 120
Lobster 118
Chicken (chicken for roasting), average 115
Mussel 112
Sausage “Jagdwurst” 112
Beef, fillet 110
Beef, roast beef, sirloin 110
Beef, shoulder 110
Chicken, leg with skin, without bone 110
Fish, Pike-perch 110
Fish, Cod 109
Peas, chick (garbanzo), seed, dry 109
Grape, dried, raisin, sultana 107
Linseed 105
Rabbit/Hare (average) 105
Venison back 105
Sausage salami, German 104
Sausages, frying, from pork 101
Pork belly 100
More Moderate Purine Foods 100-200
Barley without husk, whole grain 96
Sausage “Mortadella” 96
Pea, seed, dry 95
Oats, without husk, whole grain 94
Plaice 93
Brain, Calf’s 92
Mushroom, flat, edible Boletus, cep 92
Sausages, frying, from veal 91
Oyster 90
Frankfurter sausages 89
Sausage “Bierschincken” 85
Pea, pod and seed, green 84
Pig’s brain 83
Broccoli 81
Bean sprouts, Soya 80
Tench 80
Nuts, peanut 79
Artichoke 78
Fish, eel (smoked) 78
Sausage “Fleischwurst” 78
Sausage, Vienna 78
Ox brain 75
Leek 74
Sausages, German (Mettwurst) 74
Apricot 73
Sausage “Munich Weisswurst” 73
Cocoa powder, oil partially removed, not including theobromine 71
Grass, Viper’s (black salsify) 71
Meat, luncheon 70
Brussel sprouts 69
Tofu 68
Chives 67
Fig (dried) 64
Plum, dried 64
Millet, shucked corn 62
Sesame (gingelly) seed, Oriental, dry 62
Fish, Crayfish 60
Crispbread 60
Mushroom 58
Banana 57
Beef, corned (German) 57
Parsley, leaf 57
Spinach 57
Peppers, green 55
Pudding, black 55
Corn, sweet 52
Cauliflower 51
Rye, whole grain 51
Wheat, whole grain 51
More Low Purine Foods 50-100
Oyster, mushroom 50
Kale 48
Beans, French, dried 45
Pumpkin 44
Pasta made with egg (noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, etc. 40
Lettuce, Lamb’s 38
Almond, sweet 37
Beans, French (string beans, haricot) 37
Cabbage, savoy 37
Nuts, hazelnut (cobnut) 37
Date, dried 35
Elderberry, black 33
Melon, Cantelope 33
Cabbage, red 32
Cheese, Limburger, 20% fat content in dry matter 32
Celeriac 30
Morel 30
Quince 30
Bamboo Shoots 29
Mushrooms, canned, solid and liquid 29
Olive, green, marinated 29
Cress 28
Grape 27
Kohlrabi 25
Nuts, Walnut 25
Plum 24
Squash, summer 24
Asparagus 23
Nuts, Brazil 23
Bilberry, blueberry, huckleberry 22
Cabbage, white 22
Aubergine 21
Chinese leaves 21
Peach 21
Rolls, bread 21
Strawberry 21
Avocado 19
Beet root 19
Kiwi fruit (Chinese gooseberry, strawberry peach) 19
Orange 19
Pineapple 19
Caviar substitute 18
Potato, cooked with skin 18
Raspberry 18
Carrot 17
Cherry, Morello 17
Currant, red 17
Endive 17
Mushrooms, Chanterelle 17
Mushrooms, Chanterelles, canned, solids & liquids 17
Gooseberry 16
Potato 16
Sauerkraut, dripped off 16
Radish 15
Apple 14
Beer, real, light 14
Bread, wheat (flour) or (white bread) 14
Fennel leaves 14
Beer, Pilsner lager beer, regular beer, German 13
Lettuce 13
Onion 13
Radishes 13
Chicory 12
Pear 12
Rhubarb 12
Tomato 11
Cheese, cottage 9.4
Beer, alcohol free 8.1
Yogurt, min. 3.5% fat content 8.1
Cucumber 7.3
Cheese, Brie 7.1
Cheese, edam, 30% fat content in dry matter 7.1
Cheese, edam, 40% fat content in dry matter 7.1
Cheese, edam, 45% fat content in dry matter 7.1
Cherry, sweet 7.1
Cheese, Cheddar/Cheshire cheese, 50% fat content in dry matter 6
More Very Low Purine Foods 0-50

You can see that my purines table shows actual numbers. Please don’t waste your time with other food lists that only show labels such as high uric acid in food, or moderate uric acid in food. My table takes all the foods from the biggest purine database, and lists real purine values in an easy-to-read format. That helps you plan your gout diet properly. If you are unsure about purines and foods high in uric acid, please read How Purines Affect Gout.

I took the data in this table from Food Composition and Nutrition Tables by Souci, Fachmann, Kraut. Their notes for the purine data states:

Purines

The total of free and bound compounds is given for each component. The “total purines” column contains the total of all individual components calculated as uric acid.

The exact calculation of this is beyond the scope of this article, but you can easily see the relative purine count in the table. Remember, the table of foods high in uric acid shows the number of milligrams per 100 grams, so intake will depend on portion size.

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Healthy Foods High in Uric Acid

Thanks for reading my foods high in uric acid chart. Please stop worrying about purines now, and start worrying about your health. The simple truth is this:

If the amount of animal purines in your diet is high enough to significantly affect your uric acid level, then you have an unhealthy diet.

You have choices:

  1. Bore yourself stupid with a low purine diet that you’ll never stick to, and won’t change your gout
  2. Confuse yourself with avoiding all sorts of different foods and never get a good diet
  3. Move towards a good balanced diet that will improve your general health and give you the best chance of treating your gout successfully

I’ll help you with whichever choice you make, though I obviously recommend option 3. Some vegetarian diets, alkalizing diets, or Mediterranean style diets can be very good for gout when planned and managed properly. I specialize in tweaking these naturally healthy, low animal purine diets to match you and your gout needs. Please remember that, just as with any uric acid lowering treatment, dietary gout controls must be managed properly.

If you have had gout long enough to notice it, then you have uric acid deposits throughout your body. Some of these may cause gout attacks as they dissolve. You might avoid this if you are lucky, but for most people, a uric acid lowering diet is going to hurt before it gets better.

I understand every aspect of this, and I want to help you make the right choices as you and your doctor work together to control your gout. It’s a serious matter, and I have a seriously good gout forum. In that forum, and new related personal gout support services, you can get the personal help you need to make healthy choices about foods high in uric acid.

I want to make that help more accessible to you, so I’m going to end this latest revision to my worst page on gout. Expect some better help soon on what you should do next after reading about high purine foods. I’ve left most of my original page below – more revisions coming soon.

I urge you to get help with your foods high in uric acid by asking in the gout forums, or by clicking the orange Support button.


Foods High in Uric Acid Introduction

Foods high in uric acid affect every gout sufferer differently. Some gout sufferers need to control uric acid food intake carefully. Others need to focus on different dangers in food and drink. I’ve added links at the end of the article where you can get personal help for foods high in uric acid.

Actually, food never contains uric acid, it contains something called purines, and your body converts purines to uric acid.

This is important, because excess uric acid is what causes gout.

I have 2 surprises for you about purines.

Foods High in Uric Acid Surprises

The first surprise about high uric acid foods is: vegetable purines are not important!

Yes, that’s right! Vegetable purines do not increase uric acid in our bodies, and they can be ignored. You might need to be careful with foods high in animal purines, but there is no evidence to show that foods high in vegetable purines will increase uric acid.

I have updated the foods high in uric acid table with my Purine Rich Foods chart to only show animal purines that affect gout. You can still see the original foods high in uric acid chart below.

The second surprise is: though eating animal purines can raise your uric acid level, it has no immediate affects on gout attacks. That’s right – high purine meals do not cause gout attacks! However, they can raise the risk of gout attacks over several months. The latest science shows that it is a different food component that triggers gout flares. You will not get any immediate gout flare reduction from reducing purine intake, and you can only measure results of purine changes by getting your blood tested for uric acid.

Foods High In Uric Acid Explanation

Dietitians and nutritionists commonly measure foods high in uric acid by measuring the total purine content of food.

The table below lists foods high in uric acid first with purine concentration reducing as you move down the list. Many advisers tell gout sufferers to avoid anything over 400mg and restrict foods in the 100-400mg range, but you should treat this advice with caution.

Firstly, you must realize that typical portion sizes vary enormously.
Be sure to calculate the amount that applies to your typical serving size from the value shown for 100 grams.

Secondly, the effect of foods high in uric acid depends on absorption of purines through the digestive tract. Most uric acid derives from the breakdown of your cells as part of normal metabolism. The overall contribution of foods varies from person to person. Different gout studies report figures of between 5% and 15%.

Purines Warning

Please be careful about getting obsessed with the purine content of food. Though purines in food can have an effect on uric acid, there are many other factors to consider. Read more about the main food factors that can affect gout in the Gout Diet section.

More Help for Foods High In Uric Acid

Uric Acid Diet PictureI recommend you do not take this type of food list too seriously. Firstly, gout food research indicates that vegetable purines do not increase the risk of gout, and dairy foods can actually reduce it. More importantly, people digest foods differently – a food that causes gout in one person might be tolerated by another, and different food combinations have significantly different effects.

My list of foods high in uric acid is one of my oldest pages. Despite it’s weaknesses, I have retained this old foods high in uric acid chart. I retain it to help you understand where some of the world’s misleading gout information comes from.

Don’t worry if this is confusing. Help is at hand.

You have learned that you can stop worrying about vegetable purines. You also know that animal purines only increase the long term risk of gout attacks, with no immediate attacks on gout flares. New information changes the way gout should be managed. Science tells us that gout diet must be managed on a personal basis, and total food intake is far more important than a few individual foods or drinks.

I can help you understand how foods high in uric acid affect Your gout. First I help you collect important facts that you can keep in your own personal gout profile. Then I provide several places where you can discuss your gout facts to get the right gout diet for you.

Start now, and ask your question about uric acid.

What do you want to do next to learn about how foods high in uric acid affect your gout?
Get personal help now, using the gout support links above, or read more gout diet facts.

Purine control used to be considered the best way to manage your gout diet, but we now know that it is a waste of time to simply avoid high purine foods, without considering types of purine, and other diet factors. My Gout Diet guidelines help you make the most important diet choices for gout.

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TL;DR - Foods High in Uric Acid: Surprisingly Bad!

Food does not contain uric acid. Uric acid forms from purines in meat, fish, and our own flesh.
Vegetable purines do not increase uric acid.

Excess food is a bigger risk than purines because it leads to more uric acid from human flesh.

Total daily and weekly diet control in a balanced diet is more important than avoiding certain foods.

I supply free personal gout diet plans - just ask in the gout forum.

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