In your article 'A Complete List of Purine Content In Foods' the purine content in Beer is quite low, how is that?

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In your article 'A Complete List of Purine Content In Foods' the purine content in Beer is quite low, where rest of the articles on the internet and as per Doctors the Beer is high in Purine. How is that?

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It's true beer isn't high in purine, but beer causes high uric acid. Eventually, high uric acid leads to gout.

There's about 13-14 mg purine in 100ml beer. But beer has high guanylic acid. Technically guanylic acid is not purine, however guanylic acid is matabolised into uric acid in your body, which makes your uric acid rise rapidly.

Guanylic acid comes from yeast.

That's why people suffering from gout should avoid beer, especially during an outbreak.
Light beer (beer that is reduced in alcohol content) is LOW in purine indeed. And what everyone else is telling you—beer could increase your risk for gout and recurring attacks—is also true. I'm not contradicting myself because:

It's the alcohol in the beer that plays an important role in increasing your risk for gout.

Alcohol could be converted to lactic acid, which will be excreted by the kidneys. If you drink much alcohol, your kidneys will work hard to get rid of the lactic acid. However, uric acid, the breakdown product of purine, is supposed to be excreted by the kidneys as well. If your kidneys are working hard to get rid of much more lactic acid than usual, less uric acid could be passed. As a result, there's a build-up of uric acid in your body, which means a higher risk for gout.
An interesting topic it is.

There was a study comparing purine in several types of beer. The purine is in beer looks low indeed, but the Guanosine is relatively high.

Surprisingly, cider is low in purine and Guanosine, cider should be a safer choice.

Hi, Vinny. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I have to say you've got a point. I've re-edited my article to make it clear. Check my article here:

Thanks gain,

Ab. Schmitt