What Causes Gout Flare Ups?

Gout is a very common form of arthritis in which high levels of uric acid in the blood forms needle-like crystals in a joint causing sudden and severe pain. The joint may also become swollen, tender, red, or warm.

To prevent gout flare ups, it only makes sense to prevent the buildup of uric acid. If you’re living with gout, it’s important to know what causes the buildup of uric acid so you can try to limit gout pain and flare ups. Take a look at the following list of common foods that may trigger gout flare ups, and remember which to avoid, which to limit, and which to keep.

AVOID – High in purine.

  • Certain Seafood
    • Cod
    • Scallops
    • Shellfish
    • Sardines
    • Anchovies
    • Salmon
    • Trout
    • Haddock
  • Alcohol and Sugary Drinks

LIMIT – Rich in purine, but fine occasionally.

  • Certain Poultry
    • Turkey
    • Duck
  • Certain Red Meats
    • Pork
    • Bacon
    • Veal
    • Venison

KEEP – May be high in purine, but are not shown to increase gout flare ups.

  • Vegetables
    • Asparagus
    • Cauliflower
    • Peas
    • Spinach
    • Mushrooms
  • Legumes
    • Kidney beans
    • Lima beans
    • Lentils
    • Nuts

Always talk to your doctor before making any major lifestyle changes to get the best advice for you, personally.

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