Simple Diet Guidelines for Gout by Dr. Hyon Choi

The key points to takeaway from the video are:-

  • Avoiding ALL purine-rich foods is difficult to do over the long term.
  • By focusing too much on this avoidance folks can tend to eat too much refined carbohydrates, sugar, and unhealthy fats.
  • Avoiding all purine-rich food means that such diets can be deficient in healthy nutrients.
  • Dr. Choi recommends a healthy balanced diet, low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats.
  • He also recommends an exercise regimen for patients who are overweight (common among gout victims) as well as reducing calorie intake.
  • This means eating plenty fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins such as in eggs, poultry and nuts.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, but not alcohol or sugary drinks as these will increase your gout risk.
  • Another no-no is red meat which can drastically increase uric acid and therefore your risk of a gout attack.
  • Instead of red meat consume healthy proteins.
  • Fish is a healthy protein source but, unfortunately, can have high purine content. So strike a healthy balance by eating fish in moderation.
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