Frequently Asked Questions

9. What foods should someone with gout avoid?

People with gout should avoid foods that are high in purines. Purines are part of all human tissue and are found in many foods, especially those high in protein. High-purine foods can increase uric acid levels and cause or worsen gout. High-purine foods include

  • anchovies
  • asparagus
  • beef kidneys
  • brains
  • dried beans and peas
  • game meats
  • gravy
  • herring
  • liver
  • mackerel
  • mushrooms
  • sardines
  • scallops
  • sweetbreads.