#1: Red meat
Firstly, red meat is typically pinned as the worst food for gout because it is one type of food that is especially high in uric acid. But is it really that bad? Red meat includes beef, lamb, pork, deer, and goat. Compared to white meat (like chicken and fish) red meat generally has higher protein, iron, and saturated fat content.
The more protein the body consumes and breaks down, the higher the uric acid levels become. With that in mind, it is impossible and not advisable to completely remove protein from your diet. Protein is one of the essential macronutrients that our cells need for growth and repair.
Talk to a doctor or dietitian regarding your daily protein requirements. Pay attention to your portion sizes, not only to prevent uric acid build up but to also avoid weight gain. This is because obesity is another factor that can affect joint pain.
An alternative to meat that is low-fat and low-calorie is seafood. This includes fish and shellfish like shrimp, mussels, and crabs. While seafood is a good source of protein and iodine, they can still contribute to uric acid build ups and gout attacks.