What diet should you advise for your Gout patients?
Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by an excess of a waste product called uric acid in the blood. When there is too much uric acid, crystals can form in the joints, causing severe pain, tenderness, redness, and inflammation.

Gout most commonly affects men. However, it can also affect women who have been through menopause. A gout episode or "attack" can come on suddenly, especially at night. Attacks can last for anything from a day to 10 days.
Foods high in purines - although not purine-rich vegetables - increase the risk of a person developing gout. Reducing intake of these foods will help prevent it.

The following foods should be avoided:
-Alcohol, especially beer and hard liquor
-Red meat and organ meat such as liver or kidneys, which are high in saturated fat
-Seafood such as lobster, shrimp, sardines, anchovies, tuna, trout, mackerel, and haddock
-Sugary drinks and foods high in fructose
-Processed foods and refined carbohydrates
-Contrary to popular belief, fasting is not effective in preventing gout. Instead, it can actually increase the chances of an attack and should be avoided.

The main goal for people who are affected by gout is to develop lifelong healthful eating habits.A healthful diet for people with gout should include all the food groups. Foods such as low-fat dairy, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts help reduce the levels of uric acid and are also good for a healthy heart. This is important as studies have shown that gout increases the risk of heart problems developing.

The following food types are recommended:
Water - at least eight glasses per day
Low-fat dairy products - such as yogurt, cottage cheese
Whole grains
Some lean meats such as chicken - approximately 2 ounces per day
Some fruits that are low in fructose, - strawberries and cherries, for example
Vegetables - a diet rich in vegetables is good, such as spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, and cauliflower
Vegetable oils such as olive, canola, sunflower
Vitamin C - between 500-1,000 milligrams per day
Interestingly, studies have shown that purine-rich vegetables such as pulses, spinach, mushrooms, and cauliflower do not increase the chances of developing gout. Oats also do not increase this risk, which is good news for the heart.