Gout is an arthritic condition characterized by severe pain in affected joints that occurs unpredictably and with varying frequency. It occurs when excess uric acid develops in the body. Under normal circumstances, the body dissolves uric acid into the blood and removes it via the kidneys and urination. Gout trigger foods prompt excess uric acid production and should be avoided by people who are prone to gout flare-ups.
Some meats are high in purine. The body breaks down purines into uric acid, but too much can get into the bloodstream and cause gout attacks. Red meat has higher purine content than white meat but, of the red meats, lamb is the most problematic. People attempting to avoid or minimize gout flare-ups should try not to consume too much beef or pork, limiting consumption to three times a week at most. Those who do consume lamb should stick to the chops instead of the leg meat.
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