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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Eating meat does NOT cause gout

Published in Clin Sci (Lond). 1983 Apr;64(4):399-405.

The influence of a high dietary intake of purine-rich animal protein on urinary urate excretion and supersaturation in renal stone disease.
Fellström B, Danielson BG, Karlström B, Lithell H, Ljunghall S, Vessby B.

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It has been suggested the ingestion of foods high in purines (such as meat) can raise uric acid levels in the blood and precipitate gout attacks in some people.

In this study eight patients were fed on a low (LPD) and a high (HPD) animal protein diet.

Fellström found there was a 90% increase in urinary uric acid on HPD compared with LPD, whereas blood uric acid did not change consistently.

The results of the study suggests that a diet high in purines from animal protein has NO effect on the uric acid concentration in the blood, because the body simply excretes any excess.

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