Gout attacks are frequently brought on by eating foods high in protein, which converts into purines and uric acid, notes the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Uric acid usually deposits in the the feet, hands, ankles and other joint areas. People usually develop this condition because the body does not properly eliminate it or the body produces abnormal amounts of uric acid. Making dietary changes to include more low purine foods is vital to eliminating the severity and frequency of gout flareups.
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Protein is an important aspect of a healthy diet. Although red meat, seafood, organ meats and other animal-based proteins should be restricted, there are still foods to maintain a healthy diet. Low-fat milk, soy products like tofu and other dairy products are acceptable replacements. Legumes are also high in protein, low in purines and will not trigger gout flareups.
Animal fats may also aggravate gout flareups and should be limited to minimal amounts. Vegetables-based fats are considered healthy alternatives for gout patients and include olives, avocados, coconut oil, flax seeds, flax oil, olive oil and other fish oils that are rich in omega-3 acids, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition, any foods that are low in saturated fats will eliminate or reduce gout symptoms such as inflammation and pain. Saturated fats are found in products such as meat, eggs, diary and seafood.
Carbohydrates, Fiber and Whole Grains
Carbohydrates assists the body in providing energy for organ functions and physical activities. Refined carbohydrates like sugar products, white flour and other processed foods provide empty calories and may create other gout related problems. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends replacing refined carbohydrates with whole grains like brown rice, oats, root vegetables such as winter squash, plantains, sweet potatoes and amaranth. Root vegetables and whole grains provide nutrients and fiber that elevates the body's immune system and assists digestion through elimination and preventing frequent gout attacks.