Peas and spinach off the menu for gout sufferers

People suffering from gout should watch their vegetable intake because some have substances that can harm them, a group of German medical insurance technicians said.

Peas, spinach and brussels sprouts are among the vegetables that people with gout should avoid because of their purine content, the insurance company advised.

Purine is converted to uric acid in the body and it forms crystals that can cause extreme pain in the joints of people with gout. Meat, fish and beer also contain high amounts of purine and should be consumed in small quantities or not at all by gout

sufferers.

To ensure they are getting enough protein, gout sufferers can turn to milk, cheese and eggs, which have little purine. - Sapa-DPA

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