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What are some meal plan options for patients with gout?

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A sample meal plan for patients with gout includes a breakfast with cereal and fruits, a lunch of salad with a chicken sandwich, an afternoon snack of fruits, and a dinner of fish, vegetables and pasta, notes Mayo Clinic. Gout occurs due to excessive uric acid in the blood which is caused by the breakdown of purine. To reduce the amount of purine, gout meal plans encourage limiting consumption of foods where it is found, such as seafood, red meat, refined carbohydrates and alcohol, and suggest increasing other foods, such as fruits, vegetables and foods rich in Vitamin C.

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What are some meal plan options for patients with gout?
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The cereal in Mayo Clinic's sample breakfast is unsweetened, whole-grain cereal with skim or low-fat milk accompanied by a cup of fresh strawberries, and beverages of coffee and water. The lunch comprises 2 ounces of roasted chicken breast slices on a whole-grain roll with mustard, a mixed green salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, and beverages of skim or low-fat milk and water. The afternoon snack comprises a cup of fresh cherries with water. The sample dinner recommends 3 to 4 ounces of roasted salmon, roasted or steamed green beans, half a cup of whole-grain pasta with olive oil and lemon pepper, low-fat yogurt, a cup of fresh melon, and beverages of water and a caffeine-free drink such as herbal tea.

SFGate also recommends low-purine meal plan options suitable for gout patients, suggesting a breakfast of cereal, toast with margarine, fruit juice and coffee. Lunch can be a vegetable sandwich made with enriched bread, while dinner can be roasted or baked chicken, steamed vegetables, rice or baked potato, and a green salad. Snack options suggested by SFGate include fresh fruit, vegetables with a low-fat dip, and peanut butter toast.

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