It is obvious that the total amount of uric acid (ua) we eat is the sum of the ua in each food in the diet. Unfortunately, there are so much misinformation out there that: if you have gout you cannot eat or have to avoid this and that. By the way, what did I do wrong in answering joeynhi's question that "...I hope I can eat this".
Nevertheless, in the opinion of this former gout sufferer, the philosophy such as "this whole diet issue is about quantity more than anything else" alone, can be detrimental to gout. For example, a person who gives up beer for the same quantity of banana is actually eating 5 times as much uric acid as before the switch. We have to look into numbers, the ua content of foods, to know how much ua we are eating.
i realize there hasn't been anything posted on here for 2 years, but for anyone who might be reading this now, from what i gather in my research, it is not uric acid in food that is a problem, it is high purines. here's a link with info on that. i suffer from uric acid kidney stones, not gout, but the causes and treatments are for the most part identical. it would be important to note that complete elimination of uric acid/purines can also be detrimental.
Here is the real "skinny". Foods that are high in purines cause gout in those people who have a metabolic defect in the production of xanthine oxidase. This causes the production of monosodium urate crystals. The propensity is for these crystals to be deposited in the first mtpj of the foot but it can be in other joints. They act like little shards of glass in the joint and tear up the joint cartilage...thus the severe pain.