Consuming too much high fructose corn syrup increases the risk of NAFLD


According to research, the consumption of fructose-rich foods should be avoided for the prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Fructose is a sugar naturally found in fruit juices, fruits, honey and some vegetables. Fructose sugars in these forms can be an important part of a healthy diet. However, fructose is also a high fructose corn syrup component, which is made from cornstarch and added to non-nutritive foods such as candy and soda.

Foods high in fructose have already been linked to metabolic disorders, including diabetes and obesity, the two leading causes of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

About 24% of adult people in the US have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a chronic condition in which excess fat builds up in the liver. This accumulation of fat is not the result of heavy alcohol consumption. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can lead to chronic liver damage and death. Exercise and diet are the standard of care for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, as there are no approved medications to treat the condition.

According to the researchers, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a serious problem that is growing. There is an ethno-racial difference in the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. High-fructose corn syrup is consumed in foods, soft drinks and other beverages. Some research has suggested that high fructose corn syrup consumption is associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

For this study, data was analyzed from 3,292 individuals who participated in a nationwide survey. It was found that Mexican Americans were the largest proportion of individuals at 48% with the highest fructose consumption and non-Hispanic blacks at 44% and a lower proportion of non-Hispanic whites at 33%. Mexican Americans with the highest amount of fructose consumption had the highest prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

The researchers noted that when demographic and behavioral factors such as physical activity, quality of diet, modest alcohol consumption and smoking were corrected, high fructose consumption was also associated with a greater likelihood of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in the overall population. as Mexican Americans.

When laboratory variables and body composition were also adjusted, it was observed that high fructose consumption was associated with a higher probability of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in the overall population, Mexican Americans and Caucasians.

Mexican Americans’ high fructose consumption contributed to some degree to the health inequality of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

The dangers of high fructose corn syrup infographic

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