What Is Gout? Plus: 8 Ways to Lower Your Risk - Avoid Purine Rich Meats and Seafood

Learn more about this painful joint condition, and get important information about how to reduce your risk of this common form of arthritis.
Avoid Purine-Rich Meats and Seafood
Studies have shown that eating lots of high-purine meats and seafood increases the risk of gout by raising uric acid levels in your blood. (The latest research suggests that high-purine vegetables don't seem to increase the risk of gout and therefore don't need to be avoided.) I advise limiting your total intake of animal protein (meat, poultry, and seafood combined) to no more than 6 ounces per day. You should also avoid or dramatically limit your intake of proteins that are highest in purines: organ meats (such as kidney and liver); fatty cuts of beef, lamb, and pork; and certain fish and shellfish (anchovies, herring, sardines, and mackerel).