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Does chocolate make gout symptoms worse?

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Gout sufferers are advised to avoid or limit a number of foods and drinks to help lower the risk of gout attacks, but chocolate and cocoa are safe to eat, reports WebMD. Green vegetables, fruits, butter, cheese and eggs as well as coffee, tea and nuts are other safe foods.

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Does chocolate make gout symptoms worse?
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Foods high in purines, chemical compounds present in some foods, convert into uric acid, which can lead to gout, according to WebMD. Bacon, beef, game meats, anchovies, scallops and beer are all very high in purines and are some of the foods that gout sufferers should limit. Fish, seafood other than that high in purines, oatmeal, wheat bran and wheat germ contain moderate amounts of purines and should be consumed only occasionally. Low-fat and nonfat milk and low-fat yogurt may actually lower the risk of gout flares.

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