Are tomatoes restricted in treating gout?
Asked by anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 in Health Conditions



My elderly mother has gout and she was told she can't eat tomatoes.  Are tomatoes high in purines or can she eat them?


Answer

In the past, plants of the nightshade family - tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers - were eliminated to treat osteoarthritis but there is no scientific basis for that. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build up of uric acid. But the diet therapy for gout limits foods that are very high in purines because purines breakdown to uric acid. The foods to limit for gout include organ meats; game meat; large portions of all meat, especially beef, pork, and lamb; anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel and scallops; meat gravies and extracts; and beer.  Research suggests that purines from vegetables and soy products are less likely to cause gout than diets containing meat and seafood.  It is also important to drink water and other fluids to flush out uric acid and to lose weight when needed.


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