Which Foods Should You Avoid If You Suffer from Gout?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with gout, chances are you’ve already experienced some degree of joint pain — possibly even severe — and you’re more than willing to do what it takes to avoid future attacks. A form of arthritis that causes redness and inflammation, gout occurs when uric acid levels climb too high in the blood and cause painful crystals to form around joints — often those in the feet and ankles, although every joint is susceptible. Uric acid is a byproduct of purine and can build up in the blood when too much purine is consumed or produced by the body.

With millions of Americans suffering from gout, many pharmaceutical companies have developed prescription medications to help, but one simple way to help prevent gout flare-ups is to eat a healthy diet that avoids foods and beverages that contain significant amounts of purine. If you’re not sure which items you should leave off your grocery list, here’s a look at some of the most common offenders to skip on your diet.