Foods to Avoid on the Gout Diet

Treating your Gout can mean making significant changes to your lifestyle and eating habits, it can be especially strict when following an anti-Gout Diet program is absolutely necessary for improvement. It’s important to remember that despite your restrictions, your limitations don’t necessarily indicate that your eating habits have to be less enjoyable.

Instead, it’s important to recognize foods to avoid or dramatically increase the intake of if you would like to treat and prevent a gout flare-up. These foods are typically very high in purine levels, and contribute to the overproduction of uric acid levels in the body. If you really want to beat your Gout for good, give yourself the best start possible by avoiding these foods.

The table below contains some of the foods that you should avoid for Gout prevention. If you need a more comprehensive list, our Gout Diet Book programs contains a longer and more comprehensive list, complete with recipes and meal plans for your convenience.

Foods To Avoid
Category Foods To Avoid Notes
Meats & Eggs Beef Brain
Beef Kidney
Beef Liver
Beef Heart
Chicken Heart
Chicken Liver
Lamb heart
Lamb liver
Pork liver
Organ meats are extremely high in purine content and should be avoided and completely removed from your diet.
Sea Food Anchovies
Shellfish are typically high in purine content and should be avoided.
Dried Legumes Blackeye peas
Great northern bean
Small white bean
Split peas
Pinto bean
Red bean
Large lima bean
Baby lima bean
Cranberry bean
Garbanza bean
Cooking dried legumes has been shown to significantly increase the level of free and total purine content and should be avoided.
Yeasts Baker's Yeast
Brewer's Yeast
Yeast is extremely high in purines and can contribute to overproduction of uric acid.
Beverages Beers Guinness
Lager beer
Home-brewed beer
High Sugar Drinks
Beer and alcoholic beverages are not only high in purines, but also affect kidney function leading to the both the overproduction and under excretion of uric acid. Additionally, alcohol can leave you dehydrated, making it hard to excrete uric acid.
Sweeteners High Fructose Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup
Foods that are full of corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup can lead to a compromised immune system and contribute to excessive weight gain.