Gout is a form of arthritis and according to the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society, gout is characterized by abrupt and acute episodes of pain, tenderness, redness in addition to stiffness and swelling of affected joints. Gout most often affects the large joint of the big toe, but some people also experience pain in wrists, the ankle, knee, fingers, elbow and heel.
Fructose eating is associated with gout. Eating too many fruits also can give rise to gout. If you are prone to gout, restrict your fruit consumption to no more than one to two daily portions, especially for fruits full of fructose for example cherries, apples, dates, peaches, plums, grapes, pears and prunes.
Excessive Food Intake
BMI, or a body mass index puts you at increased risk. Obesity, along with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and uncontrolled blood cholesterol levels are correlated with an increased incidence of gout. Too many calories and eating an excessive amount of food can result in weight gain and predispose one to suffering from gout. Losing weight is thus advocated to prevent future episodes. On the other hand, Uric Acid Education Society & the Gout cautions against crash diets because rapid weight loss can raise the number of uric acid in the body and trigger a gout attack.
Insufficient Fluid Intake
Not drinking enough fluids can raise your risk. It's recommended to drink at least 2 to 3 L to help dilute and excrete uric acid correctly. Choose water and other beverages that are unsweetened to avoid raising your fructose or carbohydrate intake.