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8 Gout-Causing Foods

If you're prone to gout, the foods you eat, and don't eat, play a key role in keeping your joints pain-free.
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Cut back on seafood and meat during a flare-up, says Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

These animal foods are rich in purines, which your body breaks down into uric acid. You have a little more freedom in your food choices when your gout is at bay, but it’s still a good idea to keep meat and seafood intake to a minimum—4 to 6 ounces daily at most.

Scallops and salmon are okay for an occasional indulgence.

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