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Gout Diet Recipes

Gout Diet Recipes

Gout is a condition that is characterized by high levels of uric acid in the body and severe recurrent acute arthritis attacks. People affected by this condition would have to follow a certain diet, in order to prevent any further complications. This article provides some easy and healthy gout diet recipes which might prove beneficial.
Girija Shinde
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Gout is a very painful disease and it is actually one of the most painful forms of arthritis. Earlier, it was believed that this pain increased with the consumption of specific foodstuffs like seafood, meat, and alcohol. Due to this belief, the affected person would refrain from the consumption of many foods. However, now that the causes and nature of gout are known, the restrictions have lessened. Gout is a condition wherein high levels of uric acid forms crystals that get accumulated around a joint. In a gout diet, efforts are made to control the production of uric acid. A compound called purine breaks down to produce uric acid.
Purine is present in the body naturally, however it is also present in certain foods like herring, mushrooms, anchovies, asparagus, and organ meats. Thus, this particular diet menu should include low purine foods. Apart from that, it should also contain complex carbohydrates, plenty of fluids, and plant-based proteins. The vegetables that can be safely included in the diet are; spinach, cauliflower, peas, and beans. Fruits like cherries, berries, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, etc. can be consumed. Furthermore, any low-fat dairy product can also be consumed, but make sure that it is consumed in small amounts. The following are some diet recipes for the affected people which are completely healthy and safe.
Low Purine Diet Recipes
Cherry Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • Yogurt cherry, ½ cup
  • Banana, ½
  • Pitted cherries, 1 cup
  • Milk (soy, 2% or low fat), ½ cup
Process

Take all the ingredients in a bowl. Put them in a blender and blend the mixture for about 1 - 2 minutes on high speed, until it becomes smooth. If the smoothie seems to thicken, add a couple of ice cubes to it. But do not add too many, as the smoothie could lose its taste if it becomes too watery. To make the cherry smoothie more attractive, add a drop of red food coloring to ot.
Taco Salad
Ingredients:
  • Tomatoes with green chillies, 1 can
  • Chicken breast - boiled, then shredded with a fork, 4
  • Olive Oil, 2 tbsp
  • Cumin powder, 1 tsp
  • Chili powder, 2 tbsp
  • Low fat sour cream or guacamole (optional)
  • Large yellow onion - diced, 1
  • Iceberg lettuce (head), 1
  • Black olives, 1 can
  • Shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • Salsa (Optional)
Process

Among the recipes for this diet, this recipe is the easiest one. To make taco salad, pour the olive oil in a large skillet, and saute ¼ of the onions in it, on high heat. When the onions turn golden, add shredded chicken, chili powder, tomatoes, and cumin powder to it. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, shred lettuce in a small bowl, and add it to the chicken mixture. Then, cover the mixture with lots of cheese, low fat sour cream, olives, and remaining onions. Add homemade salsa to it. The salsa can be prepared by combining cilantro, onion, garlic, salt and one can also add peeled tomatoes.
Gazpacho
Ingredients:
  • Plum tomatoes, 4
  • Red onion, 1
  • White wine vinegar, ¼ cup
  • Hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled, 1
  • Red bell peppers, cored and seeded, 2
  • Freshly ground black pepper, 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves, minced, 3
  • Tomato juice, 23 ounces (3 cups)
  • Kosher salt, ½ tbsp
  • Good olive oil, ¼ cup
Process

To make gazpacho, cut the tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Blend each ingredient separately until it is coarsely chopped, using a food processor which has been fitted with a steel blade. Do not form a paste. Take a large bowl and combine all the chopped ingredients along with tomato juice, garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill until serving. Remember, the longer the gazpacho chills, the more it would it enhance the flavor of the dish.
One can make changes in any of the aforementioned recipes. However, make sure that the ingredient that is added should be safe and beneficial for the affected person.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.