6 Foods to Avoid for Uric acid: Bad for the Gout

We all know when eating foods that are high in Uric Acid, this can cause a high risk of Gout Attack. Gout is a kind of inflammatory arthritis which there is a crystal formation in the joint, causing pain. This pain is so extreme that the person finds it very uncomfortable and is not able to sleep well or even walk. The common areas affected are usually in the first big Toes, followed by the feet, ankle, and knee or even in the hand.

It is very important to regularly check for your Uric Acid and this is done through Laboratory Testing. When you have high Uric Acid, that doesn’t mean that you have a presence of Gout Arthritis, but rather you are at risk to have one. Of course, the common causes of this is due to eating foods that are high in Uric Acid.

These are the common foods that are responsible for increasing the Uric Acid, which will eventually produce Gout.

1. Organ meat

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Most of us have eaten organ meat such as Liver, heart, Intestine and many more others, which are found in chicken, cow, sheep or pigs. But what we didn’t know is that this kind of food contains a high amount of purine, which is responsible for causing the increased Uric acid, leading to Gout.

2. Red Meat

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Eating Red Meat such as Lamb, Pork, Bacon, Ham or Steak are one of the most common kinds of meat we ate, which are rich in protein and other minerals. Despite its rich nutrient, they also contain a high amount of Purine, which will increase the uric acid.

In addition to that, research has shown that red meat is, in fact, one of the common causes of cancer in the colon or rectum, which is really dangerous and alarming. It is highly advised to lessen your diet on red meat consistently, and switch to white meat instead such as chicken or duck; as they are much healthier and provides a lot of vitamins and minerals for your body.

3. Certain Seafood


Seafood is one of the most delicious and healthy food we have ever eaten. In fact, they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, which is good for arthritis. However, there are some seafood’s such as anchovies, sardines, herring, mussels, codfish, scallops, trout, and haddock contain high amount Purine and they are the second most common causes of Gout after Red Meat. Despite this, that doesn’t mean you are completely restricted on that diet. You just have to minimize that kind of seafood. Seafood’s that are non-salty Fish such as tuna or salmon are much preferred and they are low in purine.

4. Alcohol Beverages

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It is not an exception that alcohol beverages such as Beer increase your Uric Acid, which is responsible for Gout Arthritis. It is best for you to avoid consuming a lot of alcohol drinks for your own good or you can just restrict it to one glass a day.

5. Certain Vegetables


Now this is the most surprising out of all because none of us would expect that vegetable could increase the uric acid. However, only some green vegetables that are high in purine such as dried beans, legumes, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, and asparagus can elevate your uric acid. Other vegetables are all perfectly fine and low in purine.cauliflower

Despite this of purine level, that doesn’t mean also you have to avoid eating them at all. Since these vegetables contain an only moderate amount of purine compare to red meat and seafood’s, you can just minimize them instead.


6. Sugary drinks

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Sugary drinks contain the high amount of artificial sweetening, which is responsible for causing your body to produce too much Uric acid, leading to Gout Arthritis. It is highly recommended to avoid drinks that are high in artificial sweetening, and instead, switch to natural sweetening drinks such as fruits which are more acceptable and preferable.

Now that you are aware of it, it is important you must change your lifestyle, before its too late. When you have Uric acid, you can still prevent on having Gout Arthritis by restricting these kinds of diet.




  1. good stuff here. I have had my own struggle with health in the past and miraculously the answer to most alignments. even radical forms like cancer. Is healthier nutrition.

    I eat all organic and as much greens as I can no red meat at all.

    I am for a vegan vegetarian lifestyle but it often doesn’t fit into that box.

    I truly hope others find a way to learn of this awesome info.

    What’s your take on coconut oil?

    1. Hi darren. Coconut oil doesnt affect the uric acid. But in cholesterol, Coconut oil contain both high amount saturated fat, which could increase the bad cholesterol known as LDL. But the same it has also good cholesterol known as HDL. So I guess it is better than animal oil, but not as good as fish oil or olive oil.

  2. Wow! Who would have thought the humble cauli could cause you pain? Great info, thanks for the information.
    I have a friend who suffers bad gout, and they thought ALL seafood was off limits, so I’ll be pleased to let them know they can still have Salmon and Tuna!
    I personally suffer a little lower-back arthritis, I’d be keen to know if purines have the same affect as with gout?
    I tend to manage quite well with fish oil as a supplement, but if there’s other foods that are making it worse than I’d prefer to cut them out.
    Thanks again 🙂

  3. I am really pleased that you have posted such an informative article. Six months ago, when I came out of hospital after an operation, I suffered terribly with gout. Since then I have been fighting to lower my uric acid count and only now is it getting back to normal. Out of your six foods to avoid I am guilty of three, red meat, seafood and alcohol.
    The red meat and seafood intake is not excessive, once or twice a week, but my problem is that I love red wine! I have between 1 and 2 glasses every day! I have not had any gout attacks for more than 3 months and I am going for a checkup next week, so I will see what my acid count is then.
    It is so good to learn what other foods to avoid or cut down on to avoid uric acid increases.
    Thanks for a great article.

    1. Your more than welcome John. Unfortunately alcohol drinks are one of the factors on increasing the Uric Acid. However, if you really love red wine; which is in fact good for your health, it is better you reduce your intake to only 1 glass of wine instead of 2. Minimal to moderate amount of drink doesnt produce bad effects, that is if your uric acid is stable and you dont want to increase it further. To me personally, red wine is much preferred than whiskey, vodka, beer or other hard drinks.

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