It is still linked with food. Especially excess of meat and alcohol. It is the uric acid that causes the gout, when it crystalizes. Diet is not the sole reason though, but definitely proven and not a myth.
It is just bad stuff are almost easier available nowadays than good stuff. That is why the rich used to be fat and the poor skinny, and nowadays, it is the poorer section of people that are usually more obese.
Like how in some languages tele has become the word for television. But tele just means far, and was not the word in the original language. Bad example because tele came from greek and vision from latin haha, but couldnt think of another example right away. (just imagine it came from a single language ;) )
And man all the kings they should remove from the histories quizzes. There are still kings around ! whadaya know.. I think quizmaster is going to be busy for a while erasing all those questions about kings..