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Foods That Cause Gout

A Glass of Juice or Soda a Day Can Lead to Gout, Study Says

Ah, high fructose corn syrup. The highly debated sweetener in many processed foods and drinks, recently the subject of a marketing campaign and name change, is again in the news, and it's not good for its image makeover. An extensive 22-year study released this month that followed almost 80,000 women has found that drinking non-diet sodas regularly, leads to an increase in the risk for gout.

Gout, a painful form of arthritis, is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. While some foods can trigger a gout attack, the illness is not the "rich man's disease" (caused by a meat- and alcohol-heavy diet) that it was previously believed to be. But this new study does show that diet does play a part, and regularly drinking beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup is a major cause — and so are fruit juices like orange juice, since they are high in fructose as well. To find out how much drinking one regular soda or two glasses of orange juice a day increases your risk of developing gout, read more.

Compared with women who drank less than a soda a month, those who had one soda a day had a 74% increased risk of developing gout. Women who had two sodas increased their risk 2.4 times. Drinking two servings of orange juice also increased the women's risk of developing gout by 2.4 times. Those who drank diet sodas didn't have any increased risk of developing gout.

Yet another reason to go easy on the juices and sodas. While moderation is key if you want to drink the sweet stuff, if you find yourself craving something more flavorful than water regularly, try these seven ways to spruce up your H2O.


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TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
@M Minar you should be careful with your fruit intake. Forget gout, even being on a "regular" diet your GI can go through the roof without any additional sugar in your diet if you have too many fruits. Good for you YES definitely, but in moderation. 1 Banana 1 Apple 2 cups of grapes 1 Orange a day. Fine. Double that and you might run into some trouble down the line.
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
@SaraJeanQueen That's sad. I work for a ahem "beverage" company and I can tell you for a fact you're better off with a regular soda than a diet ANYDAY. At least you know what's in HFCS, do you have any idea about the long term effects of sweeteners in Diet sodas? Write a sincere letter to the Global Health, Epidemiology and / Scientific departments of a snack food company and tell them you'd prefer REAL sugar back in regular sodas and Stevia (Reb D.) in diet. Calories are the LEAST of your problems.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
Why do websites continually post on REGULAR sodas and their harmful effects? NOBODY drinks regular soda anymore; everyone (especially a reader on Fitsugar) drinks Diet nowadays. So these articles with the big titles always scare people (soda? I drink soda..) but then they're talking about sugary, caloric regular sodas. Annoying. Also, people who drink regular soda already know they're bad for you and probably don't care.
aburlock aburlock 6 years
I'm sorry, I don't see the phrase "high fructose corn syrup" anywhere in that paper. HFCS is a mixture of glucose and fructose, where fructose is JUST fructose. However, it also doesn't look like they controlled for diabetes at all, and gout and insulin resistance are associated, as is fructose consumption (which COULD include HFCS, but isn't exclusively hfcs) associated with insulin resistance. So it could be that the real modulating factor here is insulin resistance/diabetes.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
WHaat? Are they talking about fruit juice cocktails or actual fruit juice? And if this is true for juice that's really 100% juice without any sugar, isn't the same think true for eating fruit?
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