The website for Mayo Clinic offers a host of dietary information for those suffering from gout. WebMD also provides dietary tips for relieving gout symptoms, as of 2015.
Mayo Clinic recommends a gout diet that reduces the intake of purines and controls the production of uric acid in the body. Gout diets limit the amount of alcohol that is consumed. Poultry, fish and meat are limited in the gout diet, while some meats are avoided altogether, including herring, organ meats and anchovies. Meat consumption should be limited to no more than 6 ounces daily, per Mayo Clinic guidelines.
Mayo Clinic also recommends cutting back on fat to relieve gout symptoms, and limiting or avoiding foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup. A diet derived from whole grains, vegetables, fruits and other complex carbohydrates is preferred over candy, cakes and white bread. Low-fat or fat-free dairy is preferred over full-fat products. Cutting back on the fat in food is also important, as is avoiding saturated fat, since it decreases the body’s ability to eliminate uric acid.
Both Mayo Clinic and WebMD note the importance of drinking water and other fluids. Mayo Clinic advises drinking up to 16 glasses per day to help flush the uric acid from the body and reduce symptoms of gout.