Gout Diet + Lap-Band Diet = ???

by Kathleen
(Tucson, AZ)

How can I balance the need for high protein for the lap band diet and the need to limit proteins for my gout diet?

I am confused about how to meet my needs with these two diet requirements that I have.

You ask a very good question.

For those who don't know...

...gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines. Purines are found in many foods, especially high protein foods.

It is typically recommended that people with gout reduce their intake of purine-rich foods. However, there is no need to eliminate all sources.

Choose the protein rich foods that are lowest in purines. Tofu, tuna, salmon and lowfat dairy products are probably your best choices.

Protein rich foods considered moderately high in purines but which may not raise the risk of gout include: turkey, chicken, and lima beans. Eat these in moderation.

Avoid the highest purine foods including beef, sardines, and mussels.

Excess uric acid can also result from the under-elimination of uric acid by the kidneys. Staying adequately hydrated (to help your kidneys function optimally) is therefore particularly important for you!

And finally, make sure you are losing weight sloooooowwwwllly. Quick weight loss increases uric acid levels in the blood.

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