The gout diet touted by Mayo Clinic is designed to reduce levels of uric acid in the body, specifically in the treatment of gout, a condition where uric acid forms painful deposits within joints. This diet focuses on reducing purine intake. In return, complex carbohydrates and ample hydration are emphasized.
The diet mainly focuses on the reduction of animal products that contain purine, especially organ meats. Fish such as anchovies or herring should be avoided, as well as red meats. Saturated fat should be eliminated as much as possible, as it hinders the body's ability to process uric acid in the bloodstream. Beer has been linked to gout attacks, and alcohol in general prevents the elimination of uric acid from the body, notes Mayo Clinic. High fructose corn syrup spurs production of uric acid in the body and should be avoided as well.
Fruit juices made from 100 percent fruit juices can be consumed while reducing uric acid in the body, as these sugars do not seem to increase uric acid production, adds Mayo Clinic. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grain breads or vegetables, should be consumed to reduce uric acid. Low-fat dairy products are linked to reduced uric acid concentrations, and eight to 16 glasses of water a day aid in the elimination of uric acid from the body.