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|Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:23 pm Post subject: Could Unsweetened Drinks Save You Some Pain?
|Could Unsweetened Drinks Save You Some Pain?
Ice-cold sodas and fruity drinks may hit the spot on a warm weekend, but could sipping unsweetened tea instead save you from a pain-filled future?
Maybe so. In a study, the more of a common soft-drink sweetener called fructose that men consumed, the greater their chances of gout.
Gout is characterized by sharp crystals that form in the foot or leg joints -- the big toe most often -- causing sudden and severe pain. (Find out who's most at risk for gout.) Fructose may be a factor in the disease, because it increases uric acid in the body -- and too much uric acid can set off the gout-provoking process. Go really overboard on soft drinks and the risk of gout may skyrocket -- as much as 85 percent higher in a recent study. But tea doesn’t appear to affect risk. And coffee may even reduce it!
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