13 Foods To Destroy Gout


13 Foods To Destroy Gout

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Gout-friendly meals

Too much bread or alcohol can be a problem if you have gout, a condition in which uric-acid crystals form in the joints, causing pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Add purine-rich foods—such as seafood and red meat—to the list and it can seem hard to find something you can eat. (Purine gets broken down into uric acid in the body.)

Still, gout shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your food.

Stick to low-purine fare, like that in the following recipes, to have a tasty meal without triggering an attack or making a flare-up worse.

Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup

Pureed root vegetables make for gout-friendly comfort food that warms you up on cold winter days.

Carrots, sweet potatoes, and spices are a few of the foods with the lowest amounts of purine.

To make this soup even better for avoiding gout, try using vegetable stock instead of chicken broth.

Calories: 144

Try this recipe: Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup

Updated Waldorf Salad

Use low-fat mayo mixed with apples, grapes, dried cranberries, celery, and walnuts for this chunky salad that renews a classic and curbs mid-afternoon hunger.

This dish delivers a serving of low-purine nuts and fruits. Plus, apples, grapes, and cranberries all contain malic acid, which may counter gout-promoting uric acid in your body.

Calories: 153

Try this recipe: Updated Waldorf Salad

Warm Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Eggplant and tomatoes are low-purine foods that blend deliciously with creamy goat cheese for a savory sandwich that packs anything but boring for lunch.

To boot, veggies tend to be alkaline (the opposite of acidic), meaning they may help neutralize uric acid.

Calories: 299

Try this recipe: Warm Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Tomato Crostini

Choose this tasty recipe to serve hungry guests as they arrive; it won’t ruin their appetite or leave them in major gout pain.

What’s more, this simple appetizer uses plum tomatoes, which are better than most other varieties in the winter.

Calories: 109

Try this recipe: Tomato Crostini

Lemon-and-Sage Roasted Chicken

Although meat is generally a no-no food for people with gout, you can’t always avoid it, especially when you’re cooking for a group.

But you can choose chicken or duck, which have less purine than red meat, pork, and turkey.

This easy recipe enhances the flavors of roasted chicken with lemon and sage.

The roasted parsnips, carrots, and turnips on the side are rich in flavor, not purine!

Calories: 292

Try this recipe: Lemon-and-Sage Roasted Chicken

Blood Orange and Duck Confit Salad

Here’s an extra-special salad that will satisfy your craving for meat without aggravating your gout.

Duck is one of the better meat options, and oranges are chock-full of vitamin C, which research suggests could reduce uric-acid levels.

Top it all off with low-purine oil, vinegar, and hazelnuts for a decadent, yet sensible, dish.

Calories: 225

Try this recipe: Blood Orange and Duck Confit Salad

Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti

Pasta makes a great, low-purine way to get full without the meat.

The shredded zucchini and chipotle chiles (roasted jalepeños) give this dish a helping of zest without the purine.

Just be sure to stick to the serving size so you don’t get too many calories—being overweight is a risk factor for gout.

Calories: 386

Try this recipe: Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti

Rosemary-Roasted New Potatoes

Potatoes make for another yummy, satisfying, and low-purine food that is also rich in uric-acid-reducing vitamin C.

The fresh rosemary adds a punch of flavor, and is thought to improve circulation—a benefit that could ease gout-related pain and inflammation.

Calories: 123

Try this recipe: Rosemary-Roasted New Potatoes

Vanilla Bean Pudding

Many recipes for traditional milk chocolate pudding call for thick whole milk, but by substituting it with fat-free skim milk (much better for those worried about gout) in this creamy vanilla option, you decrease the fat without sacrificing the flavor.

Calories: 216

Try this recipe: Vanilla Bean Pudding

Peaches With Berry Sauce

Instead of the usual chocolate syrup, pour this berry sauce over low-fat vanilla ice cream for a twist on a classic dessert.

Dark berries, like the blackberries in this sauce, have been found to lower uric-acid levels in the body.

Plus fruits like peaches and berries are a delicious, low-purine way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Calories: 189

Try this recipe: Peaches with Berry Sauce

Mini Raspberry Tarts

A tiny dessert that packs some big flavor!

Low-fat dairy, like the cream cheese used in this pasty, is perfect for enjoying a tasty tart while still watching out for gout.

The raspberry on top is another gout-friendly food.

Calories: 85

Try this recipe: Mini Raspberry Tarts

Pumpkin Pancakes

You can only eat so many dense, high-calorie slices of pumpkin pie before your waistline expands.

That’s bad news for many reasons, including the one that being overweight can increase your risk for gout.

To get that pumpkin flavor, try this 90-calorie alternative.

With these pumpkin pancakes, you can have your “cake” and eat it too!

Calories: 90

Try this recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes

Cornflakes, Low-Fat Milk & Berries

Start the morning off right with this healthy bowl of cereal.

Keep a bag of mixed berries in your freezer and drop them into cornflakes for a morning meal that is not only high in antioxidants and fiber, but that could also help ward off gout.

Research suggests that low-fat dairy may decrease your risk of getting gout, not to mention that dairy products are a good, meat-free source of protein.

Calories: 370

Try this recipe: Cornflakes, Low-Fat Milk & Berries

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