Gout and Fast Food

Gout and Fast Food

How Fast Food Affects your Gout

We all know it’s bad for us but hey when we are super busy or in a rush from time to time, or it’s 3am and no other restaurants are open in town, sometimes you may have no choice but to settle for some fast food cause you do need to feed your growling stomach. From McDonalds to Burger King and Subway, gout sufferers have plentiful of choices in today’s busy world. What makes fast food so appealing is it’s low in fiber, it’s high in calories in a small volume, it’s high in fat, it’s high in sugar and most obviously it’s high in taste making fast food very addictive.

First let’s talk about the facts. Fast food or junk food if you want to call it that, can cause type 2 diabetes for gout sufferers by exerting too much stress on your metabolism affecting your body’s ability to properly use insulin. Since fast and junk food lacks fibre, by eating it, it directly spikes your sugar levels almost immediately!

Fast food can also trigger digestive problems for gout sufferers like acid reflux, which I’ve personally suffered from but keep it in check with apple cider vinegar or irritable bowel syndrome. Fast food is usually deep fried and the oil gets deposited on the walls of your stomach lining increasing your acid production. Added spices will irritate your stomach lining even more worsening your symptoms.

Fast food or junk food also increases your risk of developing heart disease since they are loaded with saturated fats and trans fats that increase bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in your blood. This will contribute to plaque formation damaging the linings of your blood vessels causing chronic inflammation and blocking blood flow to your heart potentially causing a heart attack!

Did you know that fast food consumption over a long period of time can have a similar harmful effect on your liver as alcohol consumption does? Gout sufferers take note. A study showed how a group of people who ate junk food showed big changes with their liver enzymes within only four weeks! What’s worse is that these changes were similar to those observed in people with alcohol abuse!

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Furthermore, another important organ that gout sufferers desperately need to be healthy is the kidneys and fast food can also affect them. A high amount of bad fats and sodium, that fast foods carry causes hypertension from the sodium-potassium imbalance. By eating lots of finely processed salted foods, your body will begin to crave them, making these foods very addictive kinda like sugar is. The addiction to salt and salty foods is caused by the increased salivation and secretion of enzymes. Plus, don’t forget that eating lots of fast food causes a big toll on your kidneys by filtering all those nasty toxins from your blood.

In addition, fast food also causes fatigue and weakness since fast food lacks most of the essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals which are required for your overall health. It fails to provide you with instant energy making you feel tired and weak after a little while. Fast food also affects brain function triggering memory impairment in a recent study done with rats and finally fast food consumption over long periods of time can also cause cancer like colorectal and prostate cancers.

Let’s not forget obesity being another consequence of eating fast food with most meals exceeding 1000 calories and over 65 grams of fat! That’s right! One burger, order of fries and glass of cola will exceed 1000 calories which is more than half the average person’s caloric needs. Most soft drinks contain more than 200 calories while water has zero! Plus you’ll skip out on all that high fructose corn syrup that is can be very devastating to your gout.

So what can you do?

Try and choose fast food restaurants that have healthier choices opting for ingredients that offer nutrients and avoid sweetened sugary beverages. Opt for water instead. Choose the salad, wrap, pizza or if you want meat, choose it to be grilled instead, which is lower in fat. Choose to put your own condiments on your own food rather than taking whatever the meal is served with saving you lots of calories, fat and sugar.

I’ll eat a fast food meal maybe once every blue moon, it is very rare cause studies show that health problems can begin by eating fast food more than two times a week. That’s right! Eating fast food only twice a week is cause for concern and can lead to any of the diseases mentioned above. Although sometimes you may have no other choice and have to settle for some fast food, do your best to avoid it.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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10 Comments

  • Ruan

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Hi, I keep getting contradicting advice online regarding bread and pasta. Some say that you should eat refined (white) and others say whole-grain or whole wheat. At the same time, people say that you should stay away from refined and others say you should stay away from whole-wheat. At this time, it feels like I cannot eat anything. My levels are high 7, and I stopped drinking.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 20, 2017

      Hi Ruan!

      We have been eating whole wheat for thousands of years as humans and we have been eating refined (white) pasta for about 100 years. That should answer your question.

  • Rolando Lopez

    Reply Reply November 10, 2017

    Spyro ,

    Do Chicken can be bad for gout too ???

    Thanks Rolo

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 12, 2017

      Hi Rolando!

      Check out my post about Gout and Chicken–>https://goutandyou.com/gout-and-chicken/

      Listen you can eat chicken but I prefer you eat lean chicken breast, avoid the fat. Eat no more than 10% of your daily calories as protein from meat, so about 200 calories, we are talking about 4 to 6 ounces.

  • Philip Walo

    Reply Reply February 23, 2017

    Hi Spiro!

    Can you help me by answering these questions? Thanks for all you do!

    1. I do get Gout when having red meat and Alcohol weekly, so my question is, which one contains more of the uric Acid? Alcohol or the red meat?

    2. Can you help me name some of the food stuff that contains uric Acid?

    3. Which food is best to take to reduce uric Acid?

    4. I take indocide tablets to kill the pain, and it helps me a lot but am concern of the side effects, can you explain abit on that?

    5. Is Gout a serious disease in life?

    6. How do I get rid of uric Acid in the body? Is it true that by drinking a lot of water can help?

    7. Gout supposed to be on my toes but, sometimes it happens on my knees, elbow and now its on my wrist. Why ?

    8.I want to stay at least a year without Alcohol and red meat to avoid Gout so, is this the right thing to do?

    9. Do I need to lose some weight,? My weight is 120kgs. I don’t do exercise.?

    10. Is making love another contributing factor for Gout?

    Regards,
    Philip Walo

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply February 23, 2017

      Wow Philip! I got my work cut out for me! LOL

      ok to answer your questions here we go:

      1. both are bad for your gout, alcohol worse. Try and avoid them, if anything have a steak and beer like once a month.

      2. Nothing contains uric acid, you mean purines. For more detailed study on purines read my post here–> https://goutandyou.com/purines/

      3. Mostly herbs and spices like chanca piedra, dandelions, celery and celery seeds, turmeric, ginger, milk thistle, vitamin C, cherries…

      4. I am not a doctor so can’t comment on prescription drugs, best to speak to your doctor if you experience any side effects.

      5. Yeah it is. Usually it’s a bad sign of other bad diseases to come. Gout sufferers are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis down the road if not careful with their health.

      6. Yes the more water you drink the more uric acid your body expels via the urine. Again eating foods listed in answer #3 will help too.

      7. That means it’s spreading to other joints as well, also means your uric acid is higher than average gout sufferer. You need to speak to your doctor who may increase your dosage.

      8. Yes do it!

      9. Best to lose the excess weight and remain your ideal weight, this will help lower uric acid in your blood helping your gout. Start exercising, even walking 30 minutes. a day will do wonders.

      10. Nope sex has nothing to do with it.

      Thanks for the questions and good luck!

  • Theresa

    Reply Reply November 23, 2015

    Again, thanks for the timely info. It’s almost to the point, no matter what we eat, it’s going to cause some type of problem. I feel at this point, we must eat try to eat as wisely as we can but don’t stress over it too much or you’lol drive yourself crazy.

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