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High uric acid: What fruits to avoid, what to have and prevent gout and kidney damage

High uric acid: Uric acid is a waste product in the body. Sometimes, uric acid can build up in the joints and tissues, causing a range of health problems. It causes debilitating pain, stiffness and immobility. It can also affect heart, kidneys and other crucial organs eventually.

Uric acid is a byproduct of purines, a naturally occuring substance in the body, which normally leaves the body through urine. But when either our kidneys are not able to help excrete it or our body is creating too much of it, uric acid crystalises and starts accumulating in the body. It especially accumulates around the joints causing debilitating pain, stiffness and immobility. It can also affect heart, kidneys and other crucial organs eventually.

Some fruits should be avoided

Experts say you can fix the uric acid levels in the body by eating certain kinds of food. Some foods are high in purine and you must avoid them. Not only cooked food, one has to be careful while consuming fruits and vegetables. Fructose found in them could stimulate production of uric acid in the blood.

Fructose is the natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Fructose give natural sweetness to them. Unfortunately, fructose increases the production of uric acid in the blood, say doctors.

So what food should we eat to control its levels?

Cerian food to be avoided to maintain right uric acid levels in the blood:

Golden Raisins

Fructose per 100 gm: 26.54 gm

Raisins are highly avoidable if your uric acid is high and suffer from gout conditions. Raisins come from grapes that contain purine. As said above, purine-rich foods can increase gout issues. It also increases the level of uric acid in the blood.

Tamarind pulp

Fructose per 100 gm: 12.31 gm

Although tamarind pulp has may health benefits, but if you have gout issues, you must avoid tamarind. The fructose amount stimulates uric acid production leading to worse consequences.

Apple

Fructose per 100 gm: 8.52 gm

Apples too are a storehouse of natural fructose. Too much consumption of apples can worsen the gout condition even more.

Dates

Fructose per 100 gm: 15.04 gm

Dates are low-purine fruits however it contains a high amount of fructose. It can be risky to consume dates as they can alter the amount of uric acid in your blood.

What foods to have

While you must avoid the above mentioned items, there are some fruits that you must include in your daily diet to see great results. Here are some fruits which are low in fructose content:

Black currants (2.98 gm)

Gooseberries (2.1 gm)

Musk melons (0.62 gm)

Peach (1.15 gm)

Pineapple (1.21 gm)

Pomegranate (1.01 gm)

Strawberry (1.9 gm)

Controlling uric acid levels

A balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of high uric acid.

Aerated drinks contain high sugar, avoid them.

Avoid fruit juices because of the fructose amount.

Say no to alcoholic beverages.

Reduce intake of tea and coffee. Take in moderation.

Avoid high purine foods such spinach, broccoli, green peas, seafood, etc.

Red meat is a high purine food that must be avoided.

Increase intake of water.

Exercise daily and reduce weight from affected joints.

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