Red meat, seafood consumption causes gout

Red meat, seafood consumption causes gout

A newly published 12-year study that sought to pinpoint the dietary causes of gout (a painful joint condition resulting from a build up of uric acid) reached some surprising conclusions: red meat causes gout, and so does seafood. But other foods long suspected of causing gout -- peas, beans, mushrooms and other vegetables -- were exonerated. This appears to be yet one more study supporting the ideas that red meat should be increasingly avoided while vegetables and edible plants should be increasingly consumed. Personally, I don''t eat red meat at all, but not just to avoid gout: red meat is associated with a variety of health problems. Even worse, there''s the risk of mad cow disease and the absolutely horrifying treatment of animals by the ranching industry.

This news about red meat has implications for low-carb dieters, no doubt -- especially since seafood was also implicated. What can a follower of the Atkins diet eat for protein that''s also healthy? The answer is a supergrain called quinoa: it''s very high in protein and contains a complete protein (all eight amino acids). I eat quinoa on a daily basis. You can also consume spirulina as a dietary supplement: ounce for ounce, it contains twelve times the usable protein of beef (shhh! The beef industry doesn''t want you to know that!). Quinoa also contains a fair amount of carbohydrate, of course, so it''s only good for low-carb dieters who also engage in frequent physical exercise.

News summary:

  • WEDNESDAY, March 10 (HealthDayNews) -- A pioneering study nails down the dietary causes of the painful, joint-wrecking disease gout, and they turn out to be similar to those for heart disease and stroke -- with one notable exception.
  • Foremost, a diet rich in red meats is associated with an increased risk of gout, says a report in the March 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that''s based on data from the long-running Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
  • The study does exonerate some suspected dietary factors, Choi says.
  • To Dr. Richard Johnson, a professor of medicine at the University of Florida at Gainesville and co-author of an accompanying editorial, the gout report can be linked closely to heart disease.

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