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20 Mar 2003

Gout (a diet for a person Suffering with gout)
My Dad is 54 years and suffers with high blood pressure and severe Gout symptoms. He can bearly walk on his legs. He ahs been advised of what to eat and what not to eat but we have no clue as how to prepare his diet for him. For example can he have cereals or porridge in the morning or egg and toast. What do we prepare for lunch or supper. Must his food be oil free and meat free as well salt free. There are so many questions and we have no answers except a list purines. Please help.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Shelby
Basically your Dad needs to cut out all the foods that contain those purines as described on your list for the gout and all alcohol. If a food does not occur on the list, he can eat it! So he can certainly have the cereal or porridge or the egg and toast. To keep his salt intake low, don't add table salt to food when you cook it, let him use a salt substitute (buy at health shops) and cut out any processed foods that contain a lot of sodium (packet soups, marmite, etc) - you need to read the labels and avoid foods that contain more than say 50mg of sodium per 100g. If you click on 'Diet' and 'View old Diet & Food site' you can read the article on 'Gout' which should also help. Do a Search on this Website using 'Hypertension' as your search term to read up about this condition. He can still eat small portions of chicken and fish, but avoid red meat for the moment until his symptoms improve. If he does not have raised blood fat levels, then he can eat fats and oils in moderate quantities, e.g. olive oil on salads, Lite margarine (which is low in salt), etc.
Best regards
DietDoc
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