Fried chicken and beer combo brings on gout?
In 2017, some 395,000 South Koreans sought medical treatment for gout. Compared to 2012, the number shows an increase of 49%.
Between 2012 and 2017, the number of young South Korean men 20-29 years old suffering from gout increased 82%, and the number of young South Korean men 30-39 years old suffering from gout increased 66%.
South Korean doctors blame the increase in the number of men suffering from gout on the frequent consumption of the combo meal of fried chicken and beer. They say the oil and fat in fried chicken mixed with beer cause the concentration of uric acid in the body to rise, thus leading to gout. They point out that the diet of young South Koreans is now Westernized, and consuming meat with alcoholic beverages or carbonated drinks produces a lot of uric acid that accumulates in the joints.
The South Korean doctors’ advice:
Don’t drink beer and soda with your fried chicken!