Where can I find information about a healthy diet for gout and foods high in purines?
Foods high in purines include anchovies, mackerel, mussels, sardines, scallops and broth. Foods moderate in purines include meat, poultry, fish and shellfish (except specific high-purine foods), asparagus, dried beans, lentils, mushrooms, dried peas and spinach. High-purine foods contain 100 to 1,000 mg of purine nitrogen per 100 g of food, and moderate-purine foods contain 9 to 100 mg of purine nitrogen per 100 g of food.
Foods with negligible purine content include white bread, butter or margarine, cake and cookies, cheese, coffee, eggs, puddings, popcorn, pickles, olives, rice, chocolate and carbonated beverages, according to Krause’s Food, Nutrition & Diet Therapy.
These resources provide more information about gout and purine content:
- Questions and Answers About Gout from the NIH lists high-purine foods.
- Gout Diet: What's Allowed, What's Not from the Mayo Clinic provides guidelines and a sample menu.
- RDs are experts in food and nutrition, and can provide individualized nutrition counseling for a variety of interests or concerns. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can help you locate an RD who specializes in your health condition with Find a Registered Dietitian.