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a diet containing a minimal quantity of purine bases (meats); liver, kidney, and sweetbread especially are excluded and replaced by dairy products, fruits, and cereals; alcoholic beverages also are excluded.
Synonym(s): purine-free diet
See low-purine diet.
A diet that limits purine and fats and encourages fluid intake; used to control the excessive levels of uric acid caused by gout. High purine foods include sweetbreads, anchovies, sardines, liver, beef kidneys, brains, and herring. Historically, gout was thought of as a disease of the wealthy, because only wealthy individuals could afford to eat such foods. It is now much more widespread, and its causes are known to be more diverse.
See also: diet