The DASH diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, along with some fish, poultry, legumes and nuts. It is also low in red and processed meat and in sugary beverages, which are foods high in purines that are recommended for people with gout to reduce to a minimum. The DASH diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet. If you're at risk of developing gout or experiencing another gout attack, it's worth trying a low-purine diet.
Without proper treatment, outbreaks of gout can become more frequent, affect more joints and cause bone and joint damage, as well as these other major complications of gout. In a study conducted by Boston University with more than 600 people with gout, people who followed a high-purine diet were approximately five times more likely to have an attack compared to people who followed the lowest purine diets. If you have gout and aren't sure what to eat, here's an example of a three-day low-purine diet plan to help you get started. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is of great interest to gout researchers at this time.