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What effect do beans have on gout?

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Beans and legumes lower saturated fat levels, making it easier for the body to eliminate uric acid and thereby reducing the risk of gout. Lower saturated fat levels also help the body get rid of uric acid during gout attacks, reducing their severity and duration, notes Mayo Clinic.

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In addition to beans and legumes, low-fat and fat-free dairy products also reduce saturated fat levels in the body. Meals that are high in fat slow uric acid elimination and lead to obesity over time, which is another risk factor with gout, reports Mayo Clinic.

Adding plenty of fluids (8 to 16 8-ounce glasses of water per day) to one's diet also helps move uric acid out of the body. Men who consume 4 to 6 cups of coffee each day may reduce their gout risk even further. Adding vegetables and fruits to the diet while removing refined sources of carbohydrates such as candy, cakes, white bread and white-flour pasta can also help with gout. Foods that are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup can elevate uric acid levels, so avoiding sugary sodas and juice drinks is important. Substituting 100 percent fruit juice for fruit punches is another way to stave off gout attacks, according to Mayo Clinic.

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