High Fructose Intake May Trigger Fatty Liver Disease

Adding high fructose beverages to a diet that already includes a high fat content may accelerate the risk of foie gras disease, according to scientists from the University of Barcelona.

What there is to know:

  • High Fructose Intake May Increase Risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseasein which too much fat is stored in liver cells.

  • High fructose corn syrup is one of the most common sweeteners in the food industry and is used for sweeten many products despite scientific evidence that it is associated with metabolic disorders that are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • The researchers found that consumption a diet high in fructose for long periods of time may result in deterioration of the layer of cells that creates the intestinal barrier that prevents bacteria and toxins from entering the bloodstream and affecting the liver.

  • Fatty liver disease can lead to liver inflammation and liver damage, resulting in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, one more aggressive disease which in turn can evolve into scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), liver cancerand liver failure.

  • Severe fatty liver disease and liver tumors deterioration of the intestinal barrier created by excessive consumption of fructose can be avoided with medications.

This is a summary of the article, “A New Study Relates Liquid Fructose Intake to Fatty Liver Disease“, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research on March 4, 2022. The full article can be found at newswise.com.

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