Gout is an inflammatory disease caused by a high concentration of uric acid in the blood. One way to prevent gout is through a purine diet. The following are some foods for uric acid to avoid:
1. Red meat. Beef, mutton, pork and bacon are considered high in purines. It is advisable to avoid consuming any kind of red meat.
2. Fatty fish like sardines, tuna and mackerel. Although these fish are rich in protein, they are linked with increased risk of gout as containing high level of high purine levels.
3. Shrimps, crabs lobster and other seafood. Beside high in purines, these kinds of seafood also sources of high cholesterol foods that need to be avoided or limited
4. Spinach. In general, vegetable is a good source of mineral. However, patients with gout should not consume a large amount of spinach and asparagus as the two vegetables also have high level of purines.
5. Tofu and fermented soybeans. These Indonesian favorites besides being lower in price, are also high in proteins. Unfortunately, patients with gout should confine the consumption of these processed soy foods.
Besides the proper diet, checking uric acid levels routinely to general practitioners is also important.