Tomato Gout

Tomato Gout. Healthy Living Magazine

Tomato Gout. Healthy Living Magazine

New Zealand University of Otago researchers say all those so-called myths that tomatoes are bad for gout could well be true—no offense intended, of course.

Four to five percent of European men in New Zealand suffer from gout. Amongst Mori and Pacific Island men, however, up to 15% have it as a result of a greater genetic risk. Gout occurs in the extremities and is a type of arthritis, painful as the devil.

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In the study involving 2,051 New Zealanders with clinically verified gout, 71% reported having one or more food triggers. Tomatoes were listed as a trigger in 20% of cases.

Genetics doctoral student and study author Tanya Flynn said tomatoes were the 4th most commonly mentioned trigger after seafood, alcohol and red meat. “We thought it important to find a biological reason for this to add weight to what gout patients are already saying,” said Ms Flynn.

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Also in the study, the scientists looked at data from 12,720 male and female participants in 3 US studies that found tomatoes associated with increased uric acid levels. Uric acid in the blood causes gout. “We found that the positive association between eating tomato and uric acid levels was on a par with that of consuming seafood, red meat, alcohol or sugar-sweetened drinks,” Ms Flynn says.

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