How Fructose In Your Diet Can Lead To Fatty Liver Disease

Here’s a Research Update on the Effects of Fructose on Our Livers

You can see the full report on my blog post, “High-Calorie Diets More Responsible for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease than Sugar.”

The new research from the University of Nottingham suggests it’s high-calorie diets that promote the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rather than sugar. The authors of the study go on to say: ” that recommending a low-fructose or low-glycemic diet to prevent NAFLD is ‘unjustified.” The best advice to prevent NAFLD is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise. If you want to lower your risks of this liver disease, you should maintain or reduce your weight to healthy levels, and be physically active as much as possible.”

Please read the blog post for a complete description of the test method used to come up with their conclusion that it’s the high calorie intake that promotes fat accumulation in our livers.

Here’s the older research that blames fructose directly for fatty liver disease.

What is so damaging about fructose is that this form of sugar must steal energy reserves from your liver in order to convert itself into a form that can be used by your body. It needs a molecule called ATP to be metabolized. What ATP does is chemically store energy that is used by your body’s cells to perform important cellular processes. Without ATP, your cells can not do the work needed to maintain good health and life.

This is the result of new research that has concluded that a diet high in fructose can deplete your liver of vital energy reserves. Your cells simply can’t perform important functions that keep it healthy.

Obese and diabetic people are especially at risk of damaging their liver, if they routinely consume a large amount of this sugar. This is because obese and diabetic people already have an impaired ability to produce needed amounts of ATP. They can seriously deplete the amount of ATP in their liver with the addition of a large fructose diet.

Increased amounts of fat molecules are produced and stored in your liver if you constantly consume large amounts of fructose in combination of low levels of ATP in your body. This combination can eventually lead to the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NFALD. If NFALD is untreated and reversed, it can develop into more serious liver conditions like hepatitis, liver failure and death.

On top of that, large amounts of uric acid can build up in your body. This large build up of uric acid can lead to gout, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and kidney stones.

Unfortunately, fructose is addicting because it is the sweetest tasting of most sugars. And since it is found in many types of plants, it is widely available and inexpensive.

Due to these factors, it is the most common form of sugar added to sodas, candies, fruit juices and many other processed foods. Other foods that are high in fructose concentrations are high fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses and dried figs.

If you eat a lot of processed foods, juices and sodas, it is important that you first read the labels. This is especially true if you are already obese. Many of these foods contain high fructose corn syrup. Consuming too much of these highly processed foods can lead to liver damage, according to recent research.

You can significantly reduce your chances of developing liver disease by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. By preparing your own meals with fresh produce, you know exactly what you are eating. Instead of drinking sodas and processed juices, make your own juice from fresh fruit, and drink tea or water. You can flavor your tea and water with mint, fresh lemons and Stevia.

We now know that consuming too much fructose can lead to liver damage, especially if you are obese or diabetic. To dramatically improve your health and fitness, eat less processed foods, and eat more fresh vegetables and fruits.

References:

ScienceDaily:Increased Dietary Fructose Linked to Elevated Uric Acid Levels and Lower Liver Energy Stores

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