Carbohydrate INTAKE

Gout patients should take adequate amounts of carbohydrate-rich food items (basically, cereals).

Carbohydrates have a unique protein-sparing effect, i.e. it reduces the endogenous (internal) protein breakdown. This basically means that if proteins are used (instead of carbohydrates, as is the case if low-carbohydrate diet is taken) as energy source, it may raise the uric acid level (due to high nitrogen content of proteins) that can precipitate gout attacks