Gout sufferers know that their days of no-holds-barred over-indulgence in foods are over. In fact, when I saw the list of allowed gout-safe foods my doctor gave me, the question that entered my mind was, “What is there left for me to eat?”
Gout is painful. There’s no denying that. So, it makes sense to do whatever you can to prevent a succeeding episode—once you’ve had gout, you have a greater risk of having another attack. Because victims are left with very few—and very bland—food choices, the chances of falling off the wagon are high. But don’t fret, there’s still some hope left.
What I’ve done here is I’ve compiled a list of gout-friendly foods that are still “indulge-able.” Now, while this list was based on personal preference, I believe some of the foods listed here are universally accepted as “tasty.”
Foods that end in “ies”
Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, red berries, etc. If you don’t find these tasty, I don’t know what will. Berries are packed with nutrients and are rich in vitamin C, which is recommended for gout. There are also studies that claim berries contain chemicals that lower uric acid levels in the body. In addition, they are low-calorie and contain phytochemicals that are known to prevent cancer. You can also indulge in some blueberry cheesecake as all of its ingredients are gout-friendly.
Yes, chocolates are part of the gout-friendly list. Chocolates are made from cocoa butter, which is natural fat, and milk, which is dairy. When it comes to chocolates and gout, the ones we should stay away from are those with nuts—but even those are not totally disallowed.
A typical gout diet is one that is low in protein and avoids meats, which are high in purine. However, protein is the building block of life so definitely need alternative sources. If you’re not a fan of tofu, you can try eggs which can be cooked in a number of tasty ways. Gout and eggs are definitely a match.
It’s actually quite a relief that coffee is safe for gout. For me, coffee is a stress drink and I can’t imagine lasting a day at work without having a coffee break. Coffee contains little to no fat which is why it is alright for gout.
Mushrooms can also serve as an alternative source of protein. While mushrooms contain purines, the levels are significantly lower that meats. Plus, they are high in dietary fiber and vitamin C, which are both recommended for gout.