January 7, 2011
How Is Gout A Sugar Disease?
Did you know, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that eating or drinking products with fructose could trigger gout?
Then there are all these multi-million dollar advertising campaigns on television claiming high fructose corn syrup is good for you.
Whatâ€™s with that?
Didnâ€™t they learn anything from Big Tobacco???
The research suggested consuming sugar sweetened soda products could increase your risk of getting one the most painfully crippling diseases imaginable: Gouty Arthritis.
In fact, the study said sugared drinks might increase the risk of getting gout by up to 2.4 times!
The challenge with avoiding gout foods seems to be that people are reaching for foods that are high in sugars.
Purines are nasty little proteins that also cause gout pain and come from eating certain gout foods like pork, seafood and organ meats.
Naturally, as we avoid these high purine foods, itâ€™s easy to start eating too many â€śsweetenedâ€ť foods.
Having gout is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place â€” and the rock is moving in on you!
Researchers have noticed that gout attacks are on the rise, specifically blaming the increased consumption of soft drinks.
There are two forms of fructose in soft drinks:
- Sucrose, which is 50/50 fructose and glucose.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is 55% fructose and 45% glucose.
Gouty arthritis pain and joint damage is caused from the crystallization of uric acid. Fructose-rich drinks increase blood levels of uric acid, just like purines from some gout foods like meat do â€” maybe even worse.
You were born to heal,
Todd M. FaassĂ©
BMJ â€“ doi:10.1136/bmj.39449.819271.BE
JAMA:10.1001/jama.2010.1638 â€śFructose-Rich Beverages and Risk of Gout in Womenâ€ť Authors: H.K. Choi, W. Willett, G. Curhan