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What are the best foods to eat if you have gout?

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The best foods for people suffering from gout include fresh fruit, whole grains, fresh and steamed vegetables, and lean protein sources. Chicken and fish are the best animal protein sources for gout patients, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Animal sources of protein are all high in purine, and reducing purine is important for controlling gout. Substituting fish and chicken for organ meats, red meat and seafood is a beneficial change. However, because all animal proteins contain purines, altering proportions so that whole grains, fruit and vegetables take up a larger part of the diet also help those who suffer from gout, according to Mayo Clinic.

A sample dinner for a gout patient includes 2 to 3 ounces of roasted or baked chicken, steamed vegetables, a green salad with low-fat dressing and tomatoes, fresh fruit such as melon, apple slices or berries, and a baked potato served with low-fat sour cream. Because alcohol consumption also worsens the symptoms of gout, sticking to water, tea or some other nonalcoholic beverage is ideal. Snacks are permitted as long as they consist of healthy choices that come from nuts, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Snacks and other meals should not consist of foods that are high in fat or contain high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener, according to Mayo Clinic.

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