When affected by gout, you will soon find out that you need to quickly change your eating habits. Gout is most commonly associated with diet because of the purines found in the foods we eat.  High purine diets create an increase of uric acid which then forms blood crystals that accumulate around a joint, which is what many of us experience as a painful gout attack.

A plant-based diet has statistically shown to be the healthier dietary option, and when suffering with gout this may become a necessity. Start by slowly incorporating more plant-based meals into your routine and you will soon find out how delicious and simple it can be to ditch the slab of steak with dinner!

The high level of purine in red meats and seafood can easily trigger a reaction in those suffering from gout pain. Although some vegetables can help clear purines from the body, believe it or not, some vegetables are also a culprit for higher purine levels. While these purines are easier to excrete than those found in animal meat, still consider limiting your intake of: asparagus, cauliflower, spinach and mushrooms. Increasing your amount of vegetable proteins versus animal proteins can help reduce the risk of inflammation and pain.

Veggies are also not only a great source of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, but are excellent for weight control – a vital component in preventing and controlling gout.  Foods rich in complex carbs are full of fiber and promote feelings of fullness to prevent overeating and weight gain. Whole grain pasta is also an excellent complex carb. Skip the nutrient stripped, refined and processed white pasta and get the most for your dollar with 100 percent whole grain. Make sure you check for the orange WHOLE-GRAIN stamp!

So don’t fret the meatless meals! Tossing some of your favorite veggies with hearty, nutritious whole grain pasta can create a delicious and filling meal. You’ll forget all about the meat!

Make sure your drink choices are smart too – sugary drinks and alcohol (especially beer) also increase the level of your body’s uric acid.  Limit your alcoholic beverages and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. A gout diet may be tough for some, but your health is important!

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic, minced
2 Medium Zucchini (one yellow, one green), sliced then halved
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Box of 100% Whole Grain Pasta
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Dried Italian Herbs or Herbes de Provence
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, diced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

On a large baking sheet, toss the vegetables with olive oil, garlic salt and pepper to taste and dried herbs. Arrange evenly in a flat layer. Bake until vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with vegetables in a large bowl to combine. Toss with basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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