With Halloween time (and the entire holiday season) quickly approaching, we all know that means just one thing: lots of eating. Finding snacks and sweets that are safe for people trying to manage their uric acid levels can be particularly tough.
Uric Acid is a totally natural waste product that comes from when the body breaks down purines in food. All foods have purines, so it is pretty much impossible to get rid of uric acid completely.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to limit some of the high-purine foods that increase uric acid in the body. We should also be limiting some of the high-fat foods that make uric acid difficult for our bodies to process.
And believe it or not, we can follow all of these rules while still enjoying some of our favorite Fall and Holiday treats!
Both dairy products and fruit products help our bodies break down purines. That means that a fat-free, cherry, mango, berry, or peach ice cream can actually help your body maintain healthy uric acid levels. Even the sugar can be helpful, as long as it's the real stuff (go natural!).
Coffee is actually quite powerful for uric acid support. The antioxidants found in coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of gout in men over the age of 40. The more coffee we drink, the lower the chances of developing gout. However, if you aren't a regular coffee drink, we recommend starting with decaf to avoid any accidental triggers.
Unfortunately, the candy in many trail mixes is stuffed with high-fructose corn syrup. Nonetheless, most nuts like peanuts and almonds are a great snack for a healthy, uric acid-friendly diet. Oats and whole grains are also great for uric acid support, so feel free to put together your own version of this popular Fall snack!
Fruits are some of the world’s most popular super foods, and citruses is great for our bodies’ uric acid support systems. It’s not really the citrus though; it’s the Vitamin C. While important for a variety of reasons, Vitamin C helps our bodies metabolize proteins and is also a powerful antioxidant. That means eating more oranges, grapefruit, and kiwi will only help our bodies.
Cereals, particularly whole wheat cereals, are great for uric acid support. Fiber helps the digestive track, and whole wheat / whole grain cereals are super low in purines. Feel free to add milk and berries too, since dairy and fruit can also help your body process purines.
We hope you've been inspired to try some uric acid-friendly snacks as Halloween approaches! Enjoy!