March 27, 2006
Dr. Tim Says...
Along with amino acids and other molecules, purines are a source of nitrogen for your body. When they are processed, purines break down into uric acid so that the body can get rid of excess nitrogen. In some of us, uric acid is not processed properly, and the concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream is too high. When this happens, the molecule forms small crystals that deposit in joints, causing a painful arthritis known as gout.
As a result, foods that are high in purines can cause problems for people with gout. Limiting these ingredients is key to helping prevent a flare of the arthritis, but there are other measures that can help prevent gout as well. What About Gout?
Chef Tim Says...
I do love to go to grocery stores. One of my favorite tourist stops when I am traveling is the local market. It could be a tiny little shop in the English countryside presided over by a gentleman who seems to know each and every item in the store. Or it might be the supermarket in the 17th arrondissement in Paris: it really doesn't matter to me. I feel more connected to a culture by seeing what and how they purchase on a day to day basis.
At the Grocery
Lentil and Black Bean Salad
happy legumes for spring. This
recipe is perfect for taking to that pot luck or for your next
picnic. The amount of lentils and black beans makes this a
moderate risk for those with gout (see this week's "Dr. Tim
Says..." column). Lentil and Black Bean Salad