Purine Restricted Diet

A low-purine diet consists of foods that reduce uric acid made in your body.

INDICATIONS FOR USE

Your caregiver may ask you to follow a low-purine diet to reduce gout flairs.

GUIDELINES

Avoid high-purine foods, including all alcohol, yeast extracts taken as supplements, and sauces made from meats (like gravy). Do not eat high-purine meats, including anchovies, sardines, herring, mussels, tuna, codfish, scallops, trout, haddock, bacon, organ meats, tripe, goose, wild game, and sweetbreads.

Grains

  • Allowed/Recommended: All, except those listed to consume in moderation.

  • Consume in Moderation: Oatmeal (⅔ cup uncooked daily), wheat bran or germ (¼ cup daily), and whole grains.

Vegetables

  • Allowed/Recommended: All, except those listed to consume in moderation.

  • Consume in Moderation: Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, and green peas (½ cup daily).

Fruit

  • Allowed/Recommended: All.

  • Consume in Moderation: None.

Meat and Meat Substitutes

  • Allowed/Recommended: Eggs, nuts, and peanut butter.

  • Consume in Moderation: Limit to 4 to 6 oz daily. Avoid high-purine meats. Lentils, peas, and dried beans (1 cup daily).

Milk

  • Allowed/Recommended: All. Choose low-fat or skim when possible.

  • Consume in Moderation: None.

Fats and Oils

  • Allowed/Recommended: All.

  • Consume in Moderation: None.

Beverages

  • Allowed/Recommended: All, except those listed to avoid.

  • Avoid: All alcohol.

Condiments/Miscellaneous

  • Allowed/Recommended: All, except those listed to consume in moderation.

  • Consume in Moderation: Bouillon and meat-based broths and soups.