Nine-day, low-sugar diet cuts liver fat 20 percent

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Cutting out the sort of sugar commonly found in soft drinks, fruit juices and processed foods reversed the buildup of liver fat in children and adolescents, a condition closely tied to diabetes and heart disease.

In a nine-day experiment, researchers from Touro University and UC San Francisco found that a diet with reduced fructose cut liver fat by more than 20 percent. Fatty liver disease in youth has more than doubled in the past two decades, leading to increased insulin resistance. That, in turn,  reduces a person’s ability to control blood sugar, which leads to Type 2 diabetes. The findings were published in the journal Gastroenterology.

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