The question in full:
Q. I am having problems with gout, especially in my big toe. Is gout a food related problem? If so, what can I do about it?
A. Gout occurs due to a build-up of uric acid in the body which is then deposited as tiny crystals in the joints. There are no foods known to dissolve uric acid and treatment for an attack of gout is best managed with medication from your doctor.
However your gout symptoms can be reduced if you:
It may also be worthwhile limiting foods rich in purines, the substances which are converted into uric acid in the body. These include liver, brains, kidneys, anchovies, sardines, meat extracts, gravies and broths. Cut your portions of these by half and see if this helps you. Alternatives to these are eggs, dairy foods such as cheeses and legumes like chick peas, lentils or borlotti beans (cooked or canned).