Gout triggers: 5 foods that increase the risk of uric acid

Updated on:28 October 2022, 06:15pm IST

Uric acid is the chemical created when body breaks down purines, substances normally found in your body and drinks. Here are some foods that contain high content of purines you should avoid.

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Sugary drinks: Soft drinks with added sugar have high fructose content, which may considerably increase uric acid levels and gout risk. A study in Seminars in Nephrology found a link between sweet-sweetened drinks and an increased risk of gout. Gout occurs when there's too much uric acid in the body. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Alcohol: When your body breaks down purines, it forms uric acid. Alcohol is a source of purine, which can increase the risk of uric acid. But not all alcohol is the same, some havelow purine content in them. Studies have found that beer contains the highest purine content. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Meat: Red meat and organ meat can also up the risk of uric acid. Both organ and red meat are high in purines and can increase the risk of uric acid and spur a gout attack. It is best to avoid these foods to keep your gout health in check. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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The Japanese Diet includes fatty fish which is also known to help with fatty liver. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Certain vegetables: Cauliflower, spinach and mushrooms are some vegetables that can increase the risk of uric acid. While they might not increase uric acid as much as the foods mentioned above, they still play a role. So, it is better to eat in moderation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Have these instead!: Numerous dietary varieties can offer some defence against gout attacks. Foods rich in vitamin C, low-fat dairy, and plant oils can lower the risk of developinggout. Some studies have found that eating a diet rich in veggies can clear purine and promote gout health. However, consult your doctor if you notice any symptoms of uric acid! Image courtesy: Shutterstock