Gout, caused by an overtaxed liver producing high levels of uric acid, is on the rise on the UK. This rise is linked, in part, to high alcohol intake but also an increase in sugar consumption. It is well known that alcohol is metabolisedby the liver but not so well known that certain sugars, specifically fructose, are as well. Although it’s use is not so widespread in the UK as in the US fructose is used throughout the food industry, most notoriously in sugary soda drinks. However normal table sugar also impacts on the liver as it breaks down in digestion to one part glucose and one part fructose. This is not to say that you should start to avoid whole fruits but be wary of all the sugar hidden elsewhere in your diet, and if going for any fruit aim for cherrys as these apparently are beneficial at preventing gout attacks. If you’re an alcopops drinker, well don’t, think of the double whammy your poor liver will be going through! If your big toes start itching don’t say you weren’t warned….

By Saffron Rogerson

06 August 2014