Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): With the advancement of technology and overproduction of food, we have many choices to eat. But we often forget to choose the right intake of food.
For example, there are certain kind of foods that need to be avoided if your doctor has diagnosed you non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
As per a new study conducted in this regard, you need to avoid high consumption of fructose in your diet to prevent the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
The above research is presented by Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga on June 12, 2022.
What is Fructose?
Fructose is a natural sugar which is present in various food items like fruits, honey, certain vegetables and fruit juices. In general scenario, all the above intake of diets are considered nutritious.
At the same time, it’s seen that fructose is also a component of high-fructose corn syrup. It’s often noted that manufacturers who tend to make this syrup using corn starch but end up adding some unhealthy food items into it like candies and soda.
Please note that foods having the presence of higher amount of fructose are generally associated with certain metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity that are two main risks of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
What Is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?
In the entire US, there are almost 24% adults who are suffering from the problem of NAFLD. It’s a chronic condition comprise with the building up of excess of body fat in your liver. In general, this building up of excess fat in your liver happens due to heavy alcohol use.
NAFLD is a serious condition that sometimes progresses to chronic liver damage that leads to death. In order to prevent such a disease, always take care of your diet and exercise as there are no medicines approved to treat a disease like NAFLD.
As per the new research done in this regard, researchers chose to analyze the data of as many as 3000 participants who were enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between the years 2017 to 2018.
After analyzing the details, they found the maximum proportion of those who consumed highest fructose in their diets. They included Mexican Americans (48%) and non-Hispanic Blacks (44%) with a low percentage of non-Hispanic whites (33%).
From the above study done, it was clearly established that most number of NAFLD cases in Americans were found in Mexican Americans who consumed highest amount of fructose in their diets.
This is what Friedman had to say, “We found that when adjusting for the demographics and behavioral factors (smoking, modest alcohol consumption, diet quality and physical activity), high fructose consumption was associated with a higher chance of NAFLD among the total population and Mexican Americans,” he said.
The team of researchers finally assessed people having NAFLD cases where most of them had taken a diet rich in fructose (up to 70%).
In order to safeguard the health of people from such a dreaded disease, scientists urged people to be vigilant what they consume. To be precise, they encourage patients to eat less foods and beverages with with high-fructose corn syrup as this will help them prevent the development of NAFLD.
Source: The Endocrine Society