Table 5

Main purine-rich foods

Purine Rich Animal Foods [46]


• Seafood

• Canned seafood: anchovies, sardines in oil, herrings.

• Fish roe

• Meat

• Organ meat: liver, kidney, sweetbreads

• Meat extracts, consomme, gravies.


Little is known about the precise identity and quantity of individual purines in most foods, especially when they are cooked or processed. In addition, the bioavailability of various purines contained in different foods varies substantially.

Grases et al. Nutrition Journal 2006 5:23   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-5-23

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