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Study: Sugary Soda, OJ Raise Gout Risk in Women

Beverage Industry Disputes Study, Says Fructose-Rich Drinks Are Not to Blame for Gout Risk

Industry Takes Issue With Study Conclusions

"This study fails to be meaningful when it comes to informing Americans about the real cause of gout," says Richard Adamson, PhD, a scientific consultant to the American Beverage Association, a trade group based in Washington, D.C.

"The compendium of research conducted on gout shows foods and beverages high in purines such as alcohol, beer, and certain meats are strongly linked to uric acid metabolism and therefore gout," he says in a written statement.

Soft drinks and orange juice do not contain purines.

Moreover, the fructose content of fruit juice and fruit is identical, yet the authors say that eating fruit does not increase gout risk, he says. "This clearly suggests that is not the fructose content that is leading to the increased risk for gout,” Adamson says.


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