Today we’re talking about Coke Zero and gout. We hope to answer common questions such as can Coke Zero cause gout or gout attacks, and if so, why does it cause them?
First what main stream medical says about them.
Choi’s research has shown that study participants who consumed two or more servings of sugar- or fructose-sweetened soda each day had an 85 percent increased risk of developing gout, compared with participants who consumed less than one serving of sugary soda per month. Even sugary fruit juice, such as orange juice, raises the risk.
If diet soda is your vice, you may not have to worry as much about developing gout. “With diet soda, we did not find the association,” Choi says.
Basically what they are telling you is to stay away from sweet drinks. Let me be more specific.
Several studies have found an increased gout risk from sugar-sweetened drinks. This link has been found in both men and women.
One large study found that just one sugar-sweetened drink per day doubled a woman’s risk of developing gout compared with women who had less than one sugar-sweetened drink per month.
“Studies show that sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices are associated with an increased incidence of gout attacks. Interestingly, these studies show that diet soda intake is not related to increased frequency of gout attacks,” says Sloane.
It’s well established that sugar, and fructose in particular causes a know increase in the development of gout and increases the risk of gout attacks. This is not in dispute any longer.
Coke Zero has no real sweetners and there has been no increase in gout risk for people who consume softdrinks that use artifical sweetners. Regular softdrinks can’t make such claims.
I am a Dr. Pepper fan, always have been. I still drink it to this day, but choose to drink the diet version of it. I have Zero problems with it no matter how often I drink them. Believe me, I know exactly what makes my gout raise up it’s ugly head and start making waves in my life.
Most main stream medical tells us that gout is a lifestyle disease, no bones about it, but then make claims that meat causes gout, or an increase in purines in the bloodstream. This is indeed false.
I wrote an article arguing that sugar is the main culprit of gout in the majority of people who suffer from it. It’s titled: Does Meat or Sugar Cause Gout? The Truth May Surprise You. Here is a link to it.
There was a study several years back that suggested that gout was linked to diabetes. I believe both gout and diabetes have the same cause; Carbs, which are in reality sugars. Source.
The meat vs sugar article linked above will explain why my belief is it’s the same source for both gout and diabetes.
What if I suggested that insulin resistance is the main problem and that if gout sufferers would eliminate sugars and 90% of carbs, gout would go away for the most part in fairly short order for the vast majority of people who suffer from gout?
What If I told you that I’ve seen this in my life?
Maybe A New Way Of Thinking?
Maybe you should rethink your questions. Instead of attempting to blame food for purines, why not ask what is making the body produce so many purines? These foods didn’t bother you before gout, so what changed? Nothing but the onset of gout from what’s obvious. I would be willing to bet your diet was pretty consistent in whatever you choose to eat, and has been for quite a while.
Maybe Gout Is Not Caused By What You Think!
What’s the processes in the body that causes massive and sustained increases of purines in the blood stream and you will find your real answer, not propaganda to keep you on that monthly payment plan for drugs that most don’t need.
Want more proof? In the days of old Gout was considered and called “Kings Disease”. But back in days of old (Pre-oil era), sugar was not readily available and very expensive.
In the early 1800’s, the average American consumed between 4 and 9 lbs of sugar per year.
Some experts place it at around 200 lbs per year, per American.
Never before in human history has humanity had access to so many carbs and massive amounts of sugars.
You can chart the rise on diabetes and gout as sugar became cheaper and more easily accessible, just as you can obesity and most of the diseases we now hear about now, and especially what’s known as “Autoimmune disease”. I believe Gout falls into this broad and encompassing disease.
Drop the sugar and carbs, stick with meats, seafood, green veggies such as bloccoli, mustards and collard greens, kale, dairy and fats and you will most likely see a huge change for the better if you suffer from gout.
Enjoy your Coke Zero and other sugar free soft-drinks. They will not hurt you if you suffer from gout. Sugary soft-drinks are to be avoided at all cost.