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The New England Journal of Medicine reports that a 12-year study indicates that diets that emphasize meat consumption - such as the Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet - could increase the risk of gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.

It isn’t just meat that raises the likelihood of getting gout. It's also seafood - and eating dairy products apparently reduces the risk of gout.

According to the study, gout can develop when there is too much uric acid in blood and tissues, which is caused by the breakdown of chemicals called purines found in meat, seafood and vegetables such as peas, beans, mushrooms, cauliflower and spinach.

And, there is an interesting piece in The Washington Post noting that low-carb diets also tend to be low-protein diets…which doesn’t necessarily make sense.

"Protein is essential for healthy living," the Post reports. "It is one of the most important nutrients in the human body." Protein also is essential for bone health. So, the Post asks, "Should we risk bone loss tomorrow to lose pounds today?"

Which means that even while lowering carbohydrates in an attempt to lose weight, it is important to make sure that protein levels remain consistent. "New research has found that a higher protein diet is essential to effective weight loss: it's more likely to minimize muscle loss and maximize fat loss."

Of course, protein isn’t only found in meat. It's also found in seafood, poultry, eggs, soy, vegetables, and grains.
KC's View:
Is it any wonder consumers are confused. Eat meat and seafood, get gout. Eat meat and seafood, get protein and lose weight.