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Three foods that can trigger a gout attack (ouch!)

by , 08 February 2018
Three foods that can trigger a gout attack (ouch!)
Gout is a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints. It stems from the build-up of uric acid in your body, which can lead to the formation of small uric acid ‘crystals' in the joints, which are the source of the pain.

If you're diagnosed with gout, you're familiar with how one day you may experience no pain, but the next you may have pain so severe that you can barely walk. In some cases, the pain can last for days or even weeks.

One way to prevent attacks is to avoid certain foods. Here are three foods that can trigger flare-ups.

Three foods to avoid if you’re diagnosed with gout

#1: Processed and packaged foods
Many processed and packaged foods, such as crackers, cookies, tomato sauce and salad dressings, are very high in fructose corn syrup, which increases the body’s uric acid load and promotes gout pain. Therefore, it’s important that you consume such foods with caution. Refined carbohydrates can also contain fructose corn syrup. Ones to watch out for include conventional breads and pastas.

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#2: Liquor and beer
Alcohol tends to contain purines, substances found in animal and plant foods that the body converts to uric acid. Beer can pack up to 10 times more purines than a like amount of liquor. On the other hand, wine isn’t associated with an uptick in uric acid levels and can be safe for gout patients, studies have shown.
 
#3: Soft drinks and fruit juice
Fructose, a type of sugar found in fruit, is known to spike the body’s uric acid levels. Research has also associated fructose with an increased risk for gout in both men and women. While research hasn’t found eating whole fruit to heighten risk of gout-related flares, it has found that soft drinks, fruit juice and other sugary drinks that are high in fructose corn syrup can exacerbate pain.
 
What other foods do you find are bad to eat for gout?

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