With July 4 finally rolling around this weekend, Americans everywhere are readying themselves to fire up that grill—it’s the most popular day on the calendar for a barbecue, narrowly edging out Memorial Day and Labor Day.
While the thought of burgers, steak, brats and more might make your mouth water, if you have gout you need to be careful about what you eat this weekend. Foods and drinks that are high in purines, such as most meats and poultry, sugary soft drinks, and beer, should be greatly limited or avoided entirely to minimize the risk of a painful attack.
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your cookout, though! While it’s true that you may have to pass on the burgers or hot dogs (okay, maybe one burger), you can still grill up a delicious low-purine meal for your outdoor festivities.
For the main course, you could go with a tasty veggie burger, particularly one made from pastas or low-purine grains. Bean burgers and falafel tend to be higher in purines, but they’re still a better alternative than meat. Grilled potatoes are also a good choice, whether you make them in foil or not.
Most fruits and veggies are great choices for those susceptible to gout attacks. Fruit salad can make up a big chunk of your plate, or you can try grilling your tomatoes, pineapples, watermelon, or other fruits and veggies for a fresh, summer taste.
To wash it down, you’ll definitely want to avoid the soda or the beer. Water is probably the best, but if that’s a little too boring for your cookout you can still safely enjoy a glass of wine, cup of coffee, or fresh fruit juice with no artificial sweeteners.
From all of us here at Family Foot and Ankle Center: have a fun, healthy, and safe holiday weekend with friends and family! If you’re experiencing, or worried about, a painful gout flare-up, give us a call at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572, or stop by at one of our 5 convenient Greater Cincinnati locations for treatment and nutritional guidance.