Is Very Low Purine Gout Diet Possible?

Gout sufferers ask Is very low purine gout diet possible?

All tasty food seems high in purines. Low purine diets seem impossible, or at least boring.

In Is very low purine gout diet possible? I’ll look at foods classed as Very Low Purine. Then we can see how that affects your gout treatment plan.

Recent research in Japan has added a whole load of extra knowledge about purines in food. As a result of that, I will be re-writing my Purine Rich Foods List. But, lots of people are looking for low purine foods. So, I list the names of very low purine foods below. The full lists have details of individual purines, but that’s not relevant to low purine foods.

Very Low Purine Foods

Remember, this research comes from Japan. Therefore, some of the foods might be unfamiliar. Look on it as a chance to try something new. And, if you find a particularly tasty low purine food, please share the recipe in the Gout Forum.

Foods are described as very low purine when their total purine content is less than 50mg/100g (350μmol/100g). Other classes are low purine foods, moderate purine foods, high, and very high.

Very Low Purine Cereals

  • Barley
  • Flour
  • Rice

Very Low Purine Beans

  • Almond
  • Broad bean
  • Green-peas (canned)
  • Peanut

Very Low Purine Soybean products

  • Bean curd lees (Okara)
  • Green soybean
  • Soymilk
  • Tofu

Very Low Purine Dried seaweeds

  • Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku)
  • Kombu

Very Low Purine Eggs and Dairy Products

Eggs and milk are zero purine foods.

  • Chicken egg
  • Quail egg
  • Cheese
  • Grated cheese
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Very Low Purine Mushrooms

  • Bunapii
  • Bunashimeji
  • Enokidake
  • Eringi
  • Hatakeshimeji
  • Nameko
  • Shiitake (raw)
  • Tsukuritake
  • Usu-hiratake
  • White aragekikurage
  • Yamabushitake
  • Yanagimatsutake

Very Low Purine Fruit

  • Banana
  • Strawberry

Very Low Purine Vegetables

  • Asparagus (lower part)
  • Avocado
  • Balsam pear (goya)
  • Bamboo shoot (lower part)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cherry tomato
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Garlic chives (nira)
  • Ginger
  • Gumbo (okura)
  • Japanese ginger (myoga)
  • Japanese leek (negi)
  • Komatsuna
  • Onion
  • Perilla leaves (shiso)
  • Potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini

Very Low Purine Animal Meat

  • Corned beef
  • Frankfurt sausage
  • Vienna sausage
Who knew a Corned Beef Dinner could be Very Low Purine?

Very Low Purine Seafood

Our diligent researchers didn’t find any very low purine fresh fish. But, here are some other very low purine foods from the ocean.

  • Herring roe (Kazunoko)
  • Salmon roe (Ikura)
  • Salmon roe (Sujiko)
  • Sea cucumber
  • Fish sausage
  • Fishcake tube (Chikuwa)
  • Fish product (Hanpen)
  • Fish product (Kamaboko)
  • Fish product (Narutomaki)
  • Fish product (Sasakamaboko)
  • Fish product (Satsuma age)
  • Deep-fried rice cracker
  • Ramen (Japanese noodle)
  • Ramen Soup

Very Low Purine Seasonings

  • Barbecue sauce
  • Honey
  • Mirin
  • White miso
  • Powder soup (Potage)
  • Powder soup (Clam chowder)
  • Soy sauce (Dark color)

Very Low Purine Supplements

  • Chitin, Chitosan
  • Glucosamine
  • Nucleic acid juice
  • Scales and collagen
  • Soy isoflavone
  • Vegetable drink powder from Kale

Please remember that a healthy gout diet is about much more than purines. See What Foods Cause Gout for the other 4 problem food groups.

Also remember, there is no point restricting purine intake if you do not measure the effect on your uric acid levels. There are more very low purine foods at the end of the list in Foods High In Uric Acid. And, I’ve produced a similar list to this in Another Low Purine Foods List.

Do you need personal help with your gout diet? Please, share your questions, experiences, and opinions about very low purine foods in the gout forum.

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