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Foods high in purines, like seafood, sardines, and grass-fed beef, are also particularly anti-inflammatory and nutritious, which could help counteract a tendency toward gout. On the other hand, if you’re having a gout flare-up or are concerned with persistent gout attacks, you might decide to limit your purine intake. Some argue
that humans have been consuming foods like meat and fish that contain purines for millions of years; however, highly refined
and processed sugar
s, such as high fructose corn syrup, are a modern addition to our diet and more likely to cause problematic health issues. What About Sugar?Elevated uric
acid levels, obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and gout all have a strong correlation. Studies conclude that excess sugar consumption, including consumption of foods and beverages with high amounts of fructose, hikes up serum uric acid levels. Sugary foods like donuts can contribute to goutFructose is a type of sugar known to increase blood uric acid levels. Consistent observational studies show an association between an increased risk of gout and fructose consumption.  Your body breaks down fructose, releases purines, and produces uric acid, which leads to the formation of crystals in the joints and fluids.  This suggests that your sugary soda may have a lot more to do with gout than your steak. Many health researchers and experts claim that as sugar consumption spiked in society, so did gout. There’s also insulin to consider.