High Uric Acid Foods

High Uric Acid Foods
As a rough guide, the foods below are high in uric acid (purines), and best avoided when trying to maintain a uric acid diet. No recipes are offered here for obvious reasons!
Food Purines
(Uric Acid
Theobromine 2300
Yeast, Brewer’s 1810
Neck sweet bread, Calf’s 1260
Sprat, smoked 804
Sheep’s spleen 773
Yeast, Baker’s 680
Ox liver 554
Pig’s heart 530
Pig’s spleen 516
Pig’s liver 515
Mushroom, flat, edible Boletus, dried 488
Fish, sardines in oil 480
Liver, Calf’s 460
Ox spleen 444
Pig’s lungs (lights) 434
Ox lungs (lights) 399
Fish, sardine, pilchard 345
Spleen, Calf’s 343
Pig’s kidney 334
Fish, trout 297
Fish, Tuna in oil 290
Ox kidney 269
Fish, Tuna 257
Ox heart 256
Liver, chicken 243
Fish, Redfish (ocean perch) 241
Heart, Sheep’s 241
Fish, Anchovy 239
Black gram (mungo bean), seed, dry 222
Fish, Herring, Matje cured 219
Kidney, Calf’s 218
Fish, Herring, Atlantic 210
Horse meat 200
Bean, Soya, seed, dry 190
Fish, Herring roe 190
Lamb (muscles only) 182
Fish, Halibut 178
Chicken (breast with skin) 175
Veal, muscles only 172
Fish, salmon 170
Poppy seed, seed, dry 170
Pork muscles only 166
Goose 165
Sausage, liver (liverwurst) 165
Fish, Saithe (coalfish) 163
Fish, Carp 160
Ox tongue 160
Pork leg (hind leg) 160
Chicken, boiling fowl, average 159
Pork fillet 150
Pork shoulder with skin (blade of shoulder) 150
Turkey, young animal, average, with skin 150
Veal knuckle with bone 150
Veal, leg of veal with bone 150
Veal, neck with bone 150
Lungs, Calf’s 147
Shrimp, brown 147
Fish, Mackerel 145
Pork chop with bone 145
Caviar (real) 144
Sunflower seed, dry 143
Pike 140
Pork chuck 140
Veal chop, cutlet with bone 140
Veal fillet 140
Veal, shoulder 140
Fish, Haddock 139
Duck, average 138
Venison haunch (leg) 138
Pig’s tongue 136
Scallop 136
Beef, muscles only 133
Rabbit meat, average with bone 132
Fish, Sole 131
Ham, cooked 131
Bean, seed, white, dry 128
Lentil, seed, dry 127
Pork belly, raw, smoked dried 127
Beef, chuck 120
Beef, fore rib, entrecote 120
Pork hip bone (hind leg) 120
Lobster 118
Chicken (chicken for roasting), average 115
Mussel 112
Sausage “Jagdwurst” 112
Beef, fillet 110
Beef, roast beef, sirloin 110
Beef, shoulder 110
Chicken, leg with skin, without bone 110
Fish, Pike-perch 110
Fish, Cod 109
Peas, chick (garbanzo), seed, dry 109
Grape, dried, raisin, sultana 107
Linseed 105
Rabbit/Hare (average) 105
Venison back 105
Sausage salami, German 104
Sausages, frying, from pork 101
Pork belly 100
Barley without husk, whole grain 96
Sausage “Mortadella” 96
Pea, seed, dry 95
Oats, without husk, whole grain 94
Plaice 93
Brain, Calf’s 92
Mushroom, flat, edible Boletus, cep 92
Sausages, frying, from veal 91
Oyster 90
Frankfurter sausages 89
Sausage “Bierschincken” 85
Pea, pod and seed, green 84
Pig’s brain 83
Broccoli 81
Bean sprouts, Soya 80
Tench 80
Nuts, peanut 79
Artichoke 78
Fish, eel (smoked) 78
Sausage “Fleischwurst” 78
Sausage, Vienna 78
Ox brain 75
Leek 74
Sausages, German (Mettwurst) 74
Apricot 73
Sausage “Munich Weisswurst” 73
Cocoa powder, oil partially removed, not including theobromine 71
Grass, Viper’s (black salsify) 71
Meat, luncheon 70
Brussel sprouts 69
Tofu 68
Chives 67
Fig (dried) 64
Plum, dried 64
Millet, shucked corn 62
Sesame (gingelly) seed, Oriental, dry 62
Fish, Crayfish 60
Crispbread 60
Mushroom 58
Banana 57
Beef, corned (German) 57
Parsley, leaf 57
Spinach 57
Peppers, green 55
Pudding, black 55
Corn, sweet 52
Cauliflower 51
Rye, whole grain 51
Wheat, whole grain 51
Oyster, mushroom 50
Kale 48
Beans, French, dried 45
Pumpkin 44
Pasta made with egg (noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, etc. 40
Lettuce, Lamb’s 38
Almond, sweet 37
Beans, French (string beans, haricot) 37
Cabbage, savoy 37
Nuts, hazelnut (cobnut) 37
Date, dried 35
Elderberry, black 33
Melon, Cantelope 33
Cabbage, red 32
Cheese, Limburger, 20% fat content in dry matter 32
Celeriac 30
Morel 30
Quince 30
Bamboo Shoots 29
Mushrooms, canned, solid and liquid 29
Olive, green, marinated 29
Cress 28
Grape 27
Kohlrabi 25
Nuts, Walnut 25
Plum 24
Squash, summer 24
Asparagus 23
Nuts, Brazil 23
Bilberry, blueberry, huckleberry 22
Cabbage, white 22
Aubergine 21
Chinese leaves 21
Peach 21
Rolls, bread 21
Strawberry 21
Avocado 19
Beet root 19
Kiwi fruit (Chinese gooseberry, strawberry peach) 19
Orange 19
Pineapple 19
Caviar substitute 18
Potato, cooked with skin 18
Raspberry 18
Carrot 17
Cherry, Morello 17
Currant, red 17
Endive 17
Mushrooms, Chanterelle 17
Mushrooms, Chanterelles, canned, solids & liquids 17
Gooseberry 16
Potato 16
Sauerkraut, dripped off 16
Radish 15
Apple 14
Beer, real, light 14
Bread, wheat (flour) or (white bread) 14
Fennel leaves 14
Beer, Pilsner lager beer, regular beer, German 13
Lettuce 13
Onion 13
Radishes 13
Chicory 12
Pear 12
Rhubarb 12
Tomato 11
Cheese, cottage 9.4
Beer, alcohol free 8.1
Yogurt, min. 3.5% fat content 8.1
Cucumber 7.3
Cheese, Brie 7.1
Cheese, edam, 30% fat content in dry matter 7.1
Cheese, edam, 40% fat content in dry matter 7.1
Cheese, edam, 45% fat content in dry matter 7.1
Cherry, sweet 7.1
Cheese, Cheddar/Cheshire cheese, 50% fat content in dry matter 6

Data is from Food Composition and Nutrition Tables (Souci, Fachmann, Kraut).

12 Responses to High Uric Acid Foods

  1. Kuber says:

    Hi, I am a vegetarian. I am unable to get info on The veg diet.

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  3. hussain says:

    I am suffering from gout and feeling pain in the medial right knee when I go upstairs, and in the fingers in the morning.
    Up to what level of uric acid contained by the foods can I take?
    What should be the maximum level? (mg/100gm)

    • Jacob D says:

      I am 56. A diabetic patient using insuline above 100 units a day. My uricacid level is 7.2. Now suffering from severe joint pain. What vegetables and grains can I use to reduce my pain.

  4. Sandra says:

    Hussain. I got this rough guide from a rheumatologist.

    Never eat these very high purine foods:
    Herring, herring roe, meat extracts, mussels,
    Sardines, yeast (brewer’s and baker’s).
    Alcohol : Alcohol contains no purine but interferes with uric acid excretion.

    Avoid these foods (also high purine)
    High purine content – not more than one item once a week.
    Anchovies, bacon, chicken soup, Beef, mutton leg, mutton chop, pheasant, salmon, sausage, trout, turkey, veal, venison, lobster, crab.

    No more than one of these foods 4 times per week:
    Asparagus, bass, bouillon, brains, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, chicken, duck, halibut, ham, kidney beans, lentils, Lima beans, liverwurst, mushrooms, oysters, peas, plaice, pork, rabbit, roe, shad, spinach, tongue, tripe, tuna, wholegrain cereals and bread.

    OK foods:
    (Low to no purine content – as often as desired. )
    Tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate
    Natural fruit juices
    Vegetables (except those listed above) and cream soups (no meat stock)
    Butter and dairy items (in moderation – watch the fat)
    Bread (except wholegrain)
    Cereals (except wholegrain)
    Cheese : all kinds (in moderation)
    Milk – buttermilk, condensed, malted
    Most oils, mayonaisse
    Nuts – except peanuts and cashews

    Drink plenty of water (2-3 litres per day) unless you have cardiac or kidney disease, and your doctor requires fluid restrictions.

  5. Cee Canady says:

    Great, will be trying the diet for a month or two before my next blood test, thanks everyone.

  6. Cherag Tantra says:


    Thank you for the information it’s of good help.

    I have a question, what is the per day limit or is there a limit, of uric acid mg/100g intake for a person. The reason I ask is in the above table there are foods which do contain a certain amount of uric acid mg/100g and of the list some of them are used to reduce uric acid levels in ones body?


    • Bille says:

      Cherag, there are no strict limits as such. Basically, you want to avoid high purine foods, which for uric acid in your body. According to Pennington, they break down like this:

      Highest in purines – 150mg/100g up to 825mg/100g
      High in purines – 50mg/100g to 150mg/100g
      Low in purines – 0-50mg/100g

      Basically, you want to try to stay in the low purine group as much as possible. Just be aware when you eat foods from the higher purine groups, and try not to eat a bunch of foods from that group. Few foods act to lower uric acid, except for cherries, coffee (black) and alfalfa maybe.

      A low purine diet is said to be limited to 100-150mg of purine daily, though it depends who you ask. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you limit your intake of meat, poultry and fish to 4 to 6 ounces (113 to 170 grams) daily for such a diet.

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  8. Amrit Kaur says:

    My dad is suffering from uric acid and feeling pain in the knee when I go upstairs, and in the fingers in the morning.
    Up to what level of uric acid contained by the foods can I take?Pls tell what kind of veg food my dad take which have low amount of uric acid.
    What should be the maximum level? (mg/100gm)


    Helpfull informations thanks a lot. I am a patient of High Uric acid and Gout. It will help me to set my diet.

  10. Mohammad Rizwan Cochinwalawala says:

    Some body said to me
    Drink a squeeze glass of water in day for reducing a uric acid level
    Is it True ?

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