Diet for gout
- Medically reviewed by
- AKF's Medical Advisory Committee
- Last updated
- November 5, 2021
Foods and drinks to avoid when you have gout
Alcohol is a trigger for gout attacks. When you drink, your kidneys work to filter out alcohol instead of uric acid, leaving uric acid to build up in your body. Beer is especially bad for gout because it has purines.
Sugary drinks (like soda), sugary foods, and foods with high-fructose corn syrup should be limited because of their connection to gout. There is less evidence about why these foods and drinks increase the risk of gout, but some connection has been found.
Foods that are high in purines should be completely avoided since they contribute to creating uric acid in your body. These include:
- Animal organs (brains, kidneys, liver, sweetbreads, etc.)
- Dried beans and peas
Content courtesy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Foods and drinks that may be good for gout
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is important if you have gout. Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Drinking water can help keep uric acid from building up and help release it from your body. If you have fluid restrictions because of kidney disease, talk to your doctor or dietitian about managing your fluid and gout
Cherries and foods with vitamin C
Some foods like cherries and fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C have been shown to lower the level of uric acid in your blood, which can have a positive effect on gout. Some examples of foods high in vitamin C are:
- Bell peppers
There is mixed evidence about whether cherries, and foods with high vitamin C can help prevent gout. Eating these foods will not treat gout the way that medicines can. In some cases, they may help improve your condition in some way.
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