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I have read that oatmeal should be off my menu for gout along with other foods?

Tags: diet , nutrition , oatmeal

I have read that oatmeal should be off my menu for gout along with other foods.Is this correct as I like to have porridge for breakfast to help reduce cholesterol. I am on Allopurinol(300mg,once a day)but seem to have gout in fingers now as well as toes.

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The answer

It is recommended that gout sufferers do reduce the amount of food that contain high levels of purines, but you do not have to cut them out of your diet completely. Purines are found in foods such as liver and sardines. Oatmeal may contain some purines, but as long as you are not eating excessive amounts then it is fine (one portion a day is not excessive). To help control the gout it is more important to eat a well-balanced diet, reduce your alcohol intake and lose weight if needed.

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