Fruit Juice Causes Gout?

Not sure I actually beleive this (although of course my anecdotal data point doesn\’t outweight the science):

Drinking too many sugary soft drinks and fruit juices can substantially increase the risk of gout, scientists say in a report published today.

Researchers found that the risks associated with these drinks were higher than with certain types of alcohol, overindulgence in which is seen as a traditional cause of the painful joint disease.

The two times I\’ve had a twinge of gout have been as a result of extended periods of rich food and rich wines. They\’ve most certainly not been as a reult of an extra litre of fruit juice.

Attacks of gout, which are caused by too much uric acid in the body, usually start in the toe but affect the joints most severely as this is where the acid lies and crystallises. Dieticians traditionally advise sufferers, of whom there are about 600,000 in Britain, to restrict their intake of purines – chemicals found in meat and alcohol that turn into uric acid.

But many soft drinks and fruit juices contain large amounts of fructose, a naturally occurring sugar that can increase uric acid levels.

But at least now I know that if I get it again,. it\’s water, not juice, for me.

3 thoughts on “Fruit Juice Causes Gout?”

  1. Is there something in the water, here in Northants?
    I am one of three females all under the age of 40 (we all know eachother), non-menopausel and none of us ‘indulge’. One a vegetarian, one a tee-totaller and me who has a little wine, meat, fruit juices, but not part of my normal diet, but we all have gout in our big toe. As men tend to be more prone to this and it is more common in women who have passed the menopause, do you think this is quite unusual, especially as we all live in the same town


  2. Well actually I am a 23 year old woman who doesnt eat red meat but once a month or so. I do not drink alcohol at all and yet I still have get gout. Before this last weekend, the last time I had an attack was a year ago and they happened about once every 2 weeks or so before then. I went to numerous Doctors and they couldnt figure out what was wrong. Well I started to watch everything I ate. Well the only thing I had out of the usual this last time were fruit smoothies. Ive had 4 in the last 2 weeks and this last weekend couldnt walk at all. I think fruit may be the culprit in my case.

  3. I have had gout for years, and tried just about everything without success.I reduced meat to, minimum once a week, stopped alcohol altogether.I was having LOTS of fruit and vegetables and my gout was worsening.Finally I have read something about Excessive fructose increasing uric acid.I experimented reducing my fruit intake to 2 a day, and bingo within days I saw a dramatic improvement

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