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Snacking When You Have Gout

January 28, 2013 by Teresa.

Having a snack or two each day is part of most people's lives. Whether it is a coffee break in the middle of the morning or getting the late night munchies, an occasional snack is a common indulgence. But what do you do about snacking if you are suffering from gout?

Uric acid that builds up in the joints causes gout. A form of arthritis, gout is painful and sometimes debilitating. Certain foods that are high in purines increases the body's production of uric acid. However, avoiding those foods as well as making better informed choices can help to control gout attacks.

- Choosing low-fat yogurt could be one of the best snacks available. Eating a few containers a day may help to control unwelcome attacks. Avoiding extra sugar as well by eating plain yogurt is preferred.

- Consider nuts for a healthy snack. The protein in almonds and walnuts is a smart choice. Also the body continues to benefit from healthy fats that nuts provide.

- Carbohydrates are also necessary to the body's ability to flush out extra uric acid. Cereal, without sugar, whole grain breads and other complex carbohydrates on a daily basis is recommended.

- Never overlook fresh fruits and veggies. Carrots, celery, apples and cherries are all wonderful choices. Choosing organic produce is important, however, apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers and blueberries have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.

- Staying hydrated continues to be of the utmost importance. Plenty of pure water, and skim milk will help to keep your system flushed as well. When a person is hydrated, they often feel less hungry. Sometimes when we reach for a snack, thinking that we are hungry, we are in fact, dehydrated and in need of water.

Whether a person has gout or not, choosing to consume nutritious foods is a wise decision. However, when gouts raises its ugly head, our food choices become imperative. If you have already been diagnosed with gout, your doctor may prescribe medications to help control the symptoms as well.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, People with Gout.

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