When struggling with gout, it is very important to choose foods that won’t trigger or worsen joint pain. These include foods that are low in purine and foods that won’t increase blood acid levels. If you’re traveling to South America soon, here are some of the best dishes and snacks that won’t activate or exacerbate symptoms if you suffer from gout.
Arepas (Venezuela and Colombia)
Made from ground corn or cooked flour, arepas are a South American favorite. This round flatbread can be filled with pretty much whatever you want. Common fillings are cheese, eggs and meats. You’ll want to make sure the arepa isn’t filled with any animal organ meat such as liver, since organ meats are very high in purine and will increase uric acid production, causing an onset of joint pain. Cheese and eggs are quite low in purine content, so stay on the safe side and get an arepa filled with either of these delicious options. Arepas are typically lightly pan fried, so they have a relatively low oil content and won’t increase the acidity of your blood.
This guyanese dish is a savory combination of cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, plantains, onions and garlic. Boiled in a pot of deliciously seasoned coconut milk, Metemgee is a safe choice for those looking for gout-friendly foods in South America. It’s sometimes served with salt or fried fish on the side, so make sure to kindly decline or substitute this. Fish is quite high in purine and can make your gout worse.
Dulce De Leche (Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil)
Dulce De Leche isn’t a particularly healthy option, but it is okay when enjoyed in moderation. With its main ingredient being milk, its low purine content won’t trigger your gout. Made primarily from milk, sugar and sometimes vanilla, this is a mouthwatering sweet treat that pairs well with other low purine treats such as donuts or white-bread toast.
Travel Gout-Friendly in South America
There are so many other gout-friendly dishes on the beautiful continent of South America. Once you step foot on the streets of one of these bustling South American countries, you’ll see for yourself. As you explore the various cuisines of the region, make sure to stick to foods low in purine content and foods that won’t elevate blood acid levels. Stick to foods that aren’t spicy, deep-fried or excessively greasy. Avoid foods with a high caffeine content as well. Keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to find delicious food options as you travel the captivating continent of South America.
Street foods can be delicious, but make sure you are prepared before traveling. Passport Health offers a variety of travelers’ diarrhea options and advice for any destination. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.
Ese Agboh is a student nurse who wants to specialize in pediatric nursing and wound care. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing articles related to medicine and the pathophysiology of communicable diseases. Ese currently lives and studies on the east coast of the United States.
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