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Excess intake of alcohol especially beer, can aggravate the gout condition. A British research has found that consuming 7 drinks in a period of 48 hours can cause acute attack of gout. However, moderate amounts will not cause any risks of gout attacks.
Overconsumption of refined carbs, yeasty and sugar foods leads to buildup of excess yeast in the intestine. This drives away the useful bacteria that help in dissolving uric acid in the large intestine. Therefore uric acid levels increase in the body raising the risk of gout attacks.
Cream sauces like alfredo and hollandaise, and cream containing foods like rich desserts and ice creams are to be avoided as they increase uric acid levels, leading to gout attacks.
Fried foods and trans fats like hydrogenated vegetable oils increase the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) and hyoerlipidemia (excess fats in the body), both of which are associated with gout. Avoid baked, fried and processed foods like crackers, cookies, French fries and butter substitutes such as margarine.
Sweetened drinks are associated with gout, especially in men, as per a study from Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, British Columbia University. Fructose containing fruits juices and fruits like oranges and apples are associated with high risk of gout. Diet soft drinks are better to consume.
When refined salt (sodium chloride) is consumed in excess, the body starts using up the non degradable protein present in the body to get rid of the salt. In this way, uric acid is produced more and more. Since the body cannot dispose the complete uric acid at a time, it combines with sodium chloride to form crystals which get deposited in the joints aggravating the gout condition.
In addition to above mentioned, foods like cakes, pastries, coffee, chocolate and cigarettes have a pH 5.0 – 5.8, which are categorized under acid forming foods. These acidic foods decrease the uric acid elimination, thus causing its levels to increase and accumulate, raising the risk of gout attacks. The normal levels of uric acid in females should be 2.6 – 6.0 mg/dL and in males should be 3.5 – 7.2 mg/dL.
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