What kind of foods are low in purine?


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Vegetables, fruits, eggs and milk are low in purine. Purine is a substance that occurs naturally in some foods, such as anchovies and organ meats, and contributes to the production of uric acid in the body.

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Too much uric acid in the blood can lead to health problems, such as gout and kidney stones. A low-purine diet is therefore recommended for people with gout or kidney stones and patients who have had an organ transplant. A low-purine diet helps to reduce symptoms of gout such as tenderness, redness and pain in the affected areas.

Most fruits and vegetables are safe to eat while on a low-purine diet. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of essential vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and minerals. However, green vegetables, such as asparagus, spinach, cauliflower and mushrooms, are not acceptable with a low-purine diet.

Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products are allowed on a low-purine diet. However, low-purine dieters should avoid full-fat dairy products, such as cheese, because they contain high levels of calories. Other protein-rich foods allowed in a low-purine diet include eggs, fish, butter and nuts. Foods rich in carbohydrates, such as bread, rice, potatoes and starchy vegetables, are also included in low-purine diets.

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