Low Purine Diet

Low Purine Diet Teaching 1613

SN instructed patient to follow a low purine diet to help minimize acute gout attacks by limiting meat, poultry and fish. Animal proteins are high in purine. Avoid or severely limit high-purine foods, such as organ meats, herring, anchovies and mackerel. Red meat (beef, pork and lamb), fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops) are associated with increased risk of gout. Because all meat, poultry and fish contain purines, limit your intake to 4 to 6 ounces (113 to 170 grams) daily. SN instructed pt/cg to cut back on fat since saturated fat lowers the body's ability to eliminate uric acid. Also instructed patient Limit or avoid foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose is the only carbohydrate known to increase uric acid. It is best to avoid beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, such as soft drinks or juice drinks. Juices that are 100 percent fruit juice do not seem to stimulate uric acid production as much. SN also discussed to choose complex carbohydrates and explained to patient/cg that pt will need to eat more whole grains and fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and candy. SN advised CG to ensure that pt. drinks plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body.