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High Caloric Diet – Not Just Sugar Intake – Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

November 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The serious liver condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) is not associated with intake of sugar, according to a British study, but rather with a high caloric intake, no matter the source. Researchers said recommending a low-fructose or low-glycemic diet to prevent NFLD is therefore not justified. Instead, they found that a high-calorie diet, no matter the source of the calories, itself is more associated with the disease, and that a healthy diet and regular exercise are the best ways to prevent, and deal with, NFLD. “Our study serves as a warning that even short changes in lifestyle can have profound impacts on your liver," the researchers concluded.
Richard D. Johnston et al., "No Difference Between High-Fructose and High-Glucose Diets on Liver Triacylglycerol or Biochemistry in Healthy Overweight Men", Gastroenterology, November 01, 2013, © AGA Institute
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