Thursday, February 7, 2008
Sweet Soft Drinks, Fructose Linked to Gout
The British Journal of Medicine reported on a 12 year study that showed sugar-sweetened soft drinks and fructose increased the incidence of gout.
Gout is the most common arthritis in men and its prevalence has doubled in the United States within the past few decades. Coincidentally, that is the same period in which fructose sweetened soft drinks represent the largest single source of calories in the U.S. diet. The researchers found that men (study age 40-75 years) who drank more sweetened drinks had more gout proportional to the number of drinks a week. It included sweetened fruit juices and soft drinks but not diet drinks.
What is interesting about this study is that we were never taught in Med School that soft drinks are a trigger for gout. If you research gout, you will find advice to avoid meats, gravy, tofu and purine rich foods such as seafood, oatmeal, peas, lentils, spinach, asparagus and cauliflower. The idea of limiting or eliminating fructose is rarely (or never) mentioned. Could we be giving the wrong advise? Sure we could and we probably are!
A gout attack will definitely give you a bad day! This study is another reason to never drink artificially sweetened drinks. Fructose is no-ones friend.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:57 PM