“Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that’s caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood. This excess acid forms crystals in the joints that produce swelling, heat and pain, affecting big toes in particular.
Gout flares up when you drink too much alcohol or over-eat certain foods, such as red meat, seafood and high-fructose fruits and fruit juices. You don’t have to ban these foods altogether, but bear the following in mind.
All forms of alcohol are linked to elevated blood levels of uric acid, especially beer and spirits. You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that wine is a somewhat better choice, but you should still limit yourself to one standard drink a day if you’re female, or to one or two per day if you’re male. (Aim to have two alcohol-free days a week, whatever your sex.)
It’s also important to note that meat contains a substance that the body converts into uric acid, so limit your weekly consumption to 455g (600 to 700g raw weight) of cooked lean red meat.
Finally, fructose-rich foods (think sweet fruits, such as mango and watermelon, and fruit juices) can also ramp up uric-acid levels.