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What foods should you avoid at restaurants if you have gout?

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Foods that should be avoided at restaurants by gout sufferers include foods with high purine content, such as herring, anchovies, mackerel and organ meats, fatty fish and seafood and red meat, according to Mayo Clinic. All fish, poultry and meat contain purines, so daily intake of such foods should be limited to no more than 6 ounces.

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Because saturated fat lowers the ability of the body to get rid of uric acid, cutting back on fat is recommended, according to Mayo Clinic. Instead, choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products and plant-based proteins. Some good options include legumes and beans.

Uric acid elimination is also hampered by alcohol, so limiting or avoiding alcohol can reduce the symptoms of gout. This is particularly true of beer. Avoid all alcohol during gout attacks. When gout is not producing symptoms, limit alcohol intake to two 5-ounce servings daily.

Foods with fructose, which is found in high-fructose corn syrup, can increase the amount of uric acid in the body. Avoid juices, soda and other drinks that are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup to lessen gout attacks. Opt for 100 percent fruit juice instead of artificially sweetened juice.

The diet for gout sufferers should feature complex carbohydrates, including vegetables, whole grains and fruits, with limits on refined carbs, such as candy, cakes and white bread.

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