I have gout. It runs on the female side of my family which I'm told is rare. I have participated in gout studies in the past and have learned a LOT more than what this lady is saying. There are several other foods to avoid, among them mushrooms and processed meats, especially weiners; chicken and turkey are marginal, fish is good. In the last study in 2007 I took febuxostat (then a research drug, now available by Rx) and switched from allopurinol to colchicine, which is a natural product found on prickly pear cactus. Allopurinol was the standard then, but it did NOT help, in fact it made my flares worse. Everyone immediately thinks "big toe" when they think of gout - but did you know that it also affects your most recently traumatized joint, such as an ankle, knee, elbow, hand or shoulder??? Case in point: this past June I had "trigger finger" surgery on my right hand. Three weeks post I had what I later realized was a full blown gout flare: heat and excruciating pain in fingers, thumb, and wrist, same exact symptoms as with broken toes, twisted ankle and hyper-extended knee in the past. Dr. couldn't help, he had NO idea what it was, just said "come back in a couple of months, you'll probably have to have more surgery". I woke up one morning thinking "gout". I took double doses of every gout med I had on hand - within 24 hours it was improved by 50% and now four weeks later is finally back to 85% of normal, except for some stiffness which goes along with arthritis, which gout is a form of. Arthritis of course can affect ANY joint, and so can gout. I suggest that folks with this condition read up on the subject and/or search the 'net - you want to find the diet that's called "purine-sparing" or the list of foods that contain large quantities of purine, which is one of the main causes of gout! By the way, I DO keep a natural, 100% cherry juice on hand and drink it regularly - and I think it just might help a little.
The Mayo Health letter is a good source for gout data, you can also google the subject and find lots of useful info at 'net sites.
I have a Dr. appointment coming up soon - I can't wait to bring him up to date on this "experience".
I sincerely hope this will in some way help other gout sufferers - I know so well what kind of pain one has in a flare, that's why I've done (and keep doing) my homework on the subject!
Thanks for the opportunity to write this - I wish all my fellow sufferers a life as pain-free as possible!