A diet rich in whole-grain sources of carbohydrates, fresh fruits and fruit juices, vegetables and low-fat dairy products is ideal for those suffering from gout, notes Mayo Clinic. Staying away from fatty animal protein sources allows the body to eliminate excess uric acid levels, making outbreaks less common.
Acceptable menu items for someone suffering from gout, according to Mayo Clinic, can include fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots and celery; fluids such as tea, water, low-fat skim milk or other non-alcoholic beverages; a sandwich with 2 or 3 ounces of fish, poultry or lean meat, accompanied by lettuce, tomato and a low-fat condiment spread; or roasted chicken, baked potato and a green salad with low-fat dressing.
When it comes to putting together a diet for gout sufferers, it is important to lower the consumption of saturated fat, explains Mayo Clinic. Purines present in animal protein such as red meat, fatty fish, organ meats and many seafood sources contribute to high uric acid levels, which causes or exacerbates gout conditions. Plant-based protein sources such as legumes and beans help to reduce intake of saturated fat on a daily basis. Eliminating high-fructose corn syrup, which increases uric acid levels, is another way to fight off gout and keep it from returning.