Foods that are helpful for gout patients include fresh fruits, fresh or steamed vegetables, plant-based protein sources, lean cuts of poultry and fish, and whole-wheat sources of carbohydrates. Fatty fish, red meat, herring, mackerel, anchovies and organ meats are high in purines, which contribute to gout outbreaks, notes Mayo Clinic.
One substitution that helps gout patients is to exchange refined carbohydrates for complex ones. This means trading in candies, cakes and white bread for whole-wheat bread, other whole-grain carbohydrates such as whole-wheat pasta, and whole fruits. Swapping out fruit beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup with 100 percent fruit juice reduces uric acid production as well, as the high-fructose corn syrup appears to boost acid production at a significantly higher level, as stated by Mayo Clinic.
During a gout outbreak, it is important to stay away from alcohol altogether, as it hinders the removal of uric acid from the body. However, when not suffering from an outbreak, substituting a glass of wine for a bottle of beer is a helpful change for many, as beer has stronger links to gout outbreak than wine does. Switching beans and legumes for animal sources of protein cuts down on consumption of saturated fats, which hinder the body from eliminating uric acid as well, states Mayo Clinic.