Many foods are considered low purine foods. Therefore, it is easier to determine what foods are high/moderately high in purines to determine what foods you should avoid. According the American Dietetic Association, foods that are high in purines include sardines, liver, mackerel, tuna, haddock, scallops, bacon, game meats, goose, gravies (made from meat), sweet breads, anchovies, yeast and yeast extracts and alcohol (especially beer). Foods that are considered moderately high in purines include oatmeal (should not consume more than 160 mls uncooked per day), wheat germ or wheat bran (do not consume more than 60 g day per day), many meats, poultry, lobster and crab. Fortunately, all fruits and many vegetables are considered low purine foods. Specifically asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, green peas (do not eat more than 120 grams of these vegetables per day) and dried lentils peas and beans should be limited to less than 240 g cooked per day. Try our Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits & Veggies!
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