Switching Sugar for Starch Leads to Less Fatty Liver in Kids

UCSF
by Suzanne Leigh
8/29/2017

A nine-day experimental diet that cut out the type of sugar in soft drinks, fruit juices and most processed foods significantly reversed the buildup of liver fat in children and adolescents – a condition strongly linked to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The study, led by scientists at Touro University in Vallejo, Calif., and UC San Francisco, examined the effects of a diet reduced in fructose – the sugar that is added to sodas and many snack foods. The researchers found that liver fat decreased by more than 20 percent on average in this short time period, demonstrating a strategy to slow the spiraling global increase in chronic metabolic diseases.

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