Gout is a terrible ailment to have. Not only does it cause unimaginable pain, it also limits one's freedom in food-a sufferer must follow a strict low-purine diet to prevent further attacks. And, if you've ever seen a gout-safe foods list, you know that this is very short, with almost all of the good stuff removed.

But that's exactly the problem. Most people who have experienced gout are told what NOT to eat. Although effective, the approach is somewhat demeaning. I say tell someone who is already down what he CAN eat; one, because it's not the end of the world, and two, because sure there's some good stuff left to indulge in.

This article not only lists foods that are safe for gout, but those that actually actually help eradicate the ailment. Although short, one can use this to form a larger list-by taking from the principles or by combining ingredients to create tasteful dishes.

But first, let's have a look at what a gout sufferer needs in his diet. Low purine content is a given, so we can look at foods that can actually lower uric acid levels or contribute to the body's ability to naturally lower its levels.

Berries come first on almost all gout diet lists. Berries-strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.-contain chemicals that can help the body get rid of excess uric acid. Apple cider vinegar works in a similar fashion, but is taken as a drink by combining it with water.

Bromelain is plant extract that has been observed to lower uric acid. However, bromelain is almost exclusively found in pineapples-no worries though, pineapples are yummy.

Foods rich in potassium have the same effect. Bananas and melons are rich in potassium. Meats are also rich in potassium but are not recommended for gout; however, if you are having a hard time filling up your protein needs, you can try fish which is also rich in potassium.

Because a low-protein diet is recommended, you must load up on carbohydrates for energy and to feel full. Carbohydrates (from natural fibers) also act as a natural sponge that can rid the body of toxins. Go whole grain and eat green, leafy vegetables. Also, because a diet low in fat is a must for gout, you would need to find other sources of protein besides meat-protein builds and repairs muscles. Go with low-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, and eggs.