I have gout. More than 8 million people in the United States have gout, yet it remains a mysterious disease for many. For a while, I have been determining my "safe food diet" based on what I ate just before getting a gout attack. If I ate chicken without getting an attack, I assumed it was safe. If I ate seafood and got an attack, I guessed that seafood was not.
However, learning what to eat based on proximity to gout attacks was a painful way to live. Understanding that the human body breaks purines into down into uric acid, and that uric acid is associated with gout, I thought it made sense to research which foods have a high purine content and which do not. I found purine lists such as the one to the right. High purines = bad, low purines = good. It seemed easy enough.
Except that it wasn't. I was advised by my doctor and fellow gout sufferers that chicken and pork are safer than beef and seafood, but purine charts show that a chicken breast is 59% more purine-dense than a beef fillet. A pork chop has the same purine density as shrimp. To make things more confusing, different people seemed to have different experiences with foods that cause attacks.
It all started to feel a bit overwhelming, and I struggled for a while before realizing that I was focusing on the wrong things. I was focusing on purines and trigger foods, not on the one thing that really matters: uric acid. As I dug deeper into the underlying causes of gout attacks, I found answers to many of the questions that I had been asking (see below).
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|Barley without husk, whole grain||96|
|Bean sprouts, Soy||80|
|Bean, seed, white, dry||128|
|Bean, Soy, seed, dry||190|
|Beans, French string beans||37|
|Beans, French, dried||45|
|Beef, fore rib||120|
|Beef, roast beef, sirloin||110|
|Beer, alcohol free||8.1|